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Shipping Container Pizza Joint

Over at webecoist they have a fab story covering the san francisco mobile pizza joint that is yes you guessed it made from a recycled shipping container.

The oven is on the upper level, where the cook shapes and bakes all the fresh Neapolitan pies. The pizzas are then delivered to the lower level via a special rack, where the cashier doles them out to customers.

While you can’t expect a Slate Kitchen Floor or the latest Kitchen Cabinet Layouts owner Jon Darsky has suppassed expectation by installing a 5,000 pound wood-fired pizza oven.  While you could argue that we’ve seen recycled shipping containers used for resteraunts before (who can forget the Shipping container Starbucks we ‘aint never seen anything like this!

Be sure to check out webecoist for the fully story and lots more photo’s.  And of course if your in the San Fran area be sure to check it out!

News from who report that Clugston construction have recently completed work on a £1.2M business hub – constructed from 37 containers – this isn’t the first container ‘business park’ that we’ve reported on and its nice to see this catching on (although £1.2M is alot of cash!!) – the article states:

A business hub constructed entirely from shipping containers has been unveiled in Sunderland.

The £1.2m building – which will house 10,000ft2 of offices and accommodation for start-up businesses – was constructed using 37 used shipping containers.

Each one of the containers will typically have been in use for 20 years, travelling upwards of 1 million miles around the world.

Check out the link above for the full post.

For a truly inspiring story head on over to which have  a great piece on how a group of students are working together to develop mobile, modular health clinics made (yes you guessed it) from Shipping containers.  Gabrielle Palermo describes how the idea was conceived:


“I worked on a project called Doc in a Box, which was a similar idea, turning steel containers into clinics for rural places,” explains Palermo. “Another team called Project Local, was also working on designing containers for maternity wards in Kenya.” The prize at the end of the competition was a small amount of funding.

Turns out, Doc in a Box won $1,500, while the competing team, which was comprised of her now co-founders, won $2,000. At the time, however, both were considered just student projects, with nowhere near enough funding to actually build a clinic. So, Palermo, a biomedical engineering major, looked for ways to take the idea to the next level.

Here at <a href=””></a> we’ve featured lots of stories about how you can utilize recycled shipping containers but this is one that offers something a little out of the ordinary with a some real social benefits – for more info – head on over to the link above for’s article or head on over to

Shipping container homes – beauty of beast?

From the Gainesville Sun comes  a story that I’ve often asked myself – do shipping container homes look a little, well – ugly.

The story reports on Tom Fox who has built a shipping container home (three level an constructed from 12 containers).  Yes of course there are some great example of some beautiful container homes (check out the ones on this site for example) – but you can’t get away from thinking they look a little boxy.

The piece raises an interesting question about how well container homes fit with a normal neighbourhood – which is a good debate

From the article:

Janie Williams, a former president of the Porters neighborhood association, calls it an “eyesore.”

“I don’t think that it is a part of the neighborhood,” Williams said. “The houses that are here, it is just out of place. And right now, with it not being painted and everything, it’s really an eyesore.

“However, I think that as far as the mechanics of it, as far as being a LEED house, and it has all the inner structure of lighting and being able to maintain its own energy, a solar system and everything, that’s all well and good,” Williams said. “But it just doesn’t fit in the neighborhood.”

Here’s a pic of the site – we’d love to hear what you think – (that’s what our comments section is for!!!).

Here’s one that’s a little left field….

In alot of our posts we discuss the beauty that is shipping container homes – we’ve shown you some great examples too -but we came across this story – that we found courtesy of who write about a recent shipping container project involving the building or a toilet block from shipping containers.


New facilities have been planted at the Bowl of Brooklands to replace a toilet block destroyed by fire last week.

The unisex toilet, which was installed a week ago, is a retrofitted shipping container painted a fetching forest green.

Earlier this month, firebugs torched the toilet block at the northern entrance to the TSB Bowl of Brooklands.

While the destroyed toilet block had about a 10 toilets the new container houses only three.

Pukekura Park curator Chris Connolly said the toilet situation for Womad would not be a problem because organisers would get more.

The shipping container would be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and cleaned regularly, he said.


A novel approach – we can understand that in utilizing shipping containers they get a rapid build time – but we can’t help but snigger a little at the subject matter!…If your interested the shipping container toilet blocks come from entrepreneur Wayne Eustace, who has been retrofitting containers for about 10 years and cost around $8000 and $15,000 (new zealand dollars that is).  Head on over to the article at for the full skinny…


http://www.chron.comn have a truly inspiring piece on how Christchurch in New Zealand are recovering their town from recent earthquakes.  Back in September 2010 – an earthquake measuring 7.1 hit the NZ city  this caused some minor damage but it was the follow up ‘quake back in Feb 2011 which resulted in over 180 deaths and wide spread destruction of local buildings.

More than 900 buildings in the district are tagged for demolition and, possibly, to never be rebuilt; 6,000 structures in the region are red-tagged; and the relatively new AMI Stadium, the outlet for rabid rugby pride, will probably have to be demolished.

Given the task ahead its unsurprising to think that the local residents looked for opportunities to get themselves ahead of the build time associated with traditional property builds – businesses looked to rapidly recover the situation and have initially opted for a mall constructed with shipping containers allowing them to trade within weeks rather than months.

“I believe we’ll still have a lot of that English heritage, but that we will be a very modern city,” said Mark Gilbert, owner of Hassle-Free Tours. “It’s not going to happen overnight. We want to make sure it will be done in the right way.”

Some of it will be done with bricks and cement, some with shipping containers. Either way, while sitting among the bustling, vibrant “new” City Mall, it was clear: Unlike the pills at the drugstore just blocks away, Christchurch itself doesn’t appear to have an expiration date.

Head over to the site (link above) to check out the full range of photographs which include this fantastic 2 shipping container cafe.

Shipping container market has a great piece on an upcoming shipping container market in DC.


Modeled on Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market and designed by Schlesinger Associate Architects, Fairgrounds will use salvaged shipping containers as retail spaces for vendors, in a program overseen by Diverse Markets Management, the people behind the flea market across from Eastern Market and the downtown holiday market. DMM touts a database of more than 2,000 vendors that it says it will tap into to “keep the market busy and diversified.”

While container malls/markets are nothing new we love the idea of local artists decorating the containers to make them look more – well – interesting.  Container homes often get criticised for their external appearance so we love this idea.

As you can see from the plans above – they have some real neat ideas and it will be an interesting one to watch – for more check out the full article

Shipping container guest house

After our recent posts about other types of shipping container buildings, from drive thru starbucks through to underground container bunkers you could be forgiven for thinking we’d taken our eye of the fact you can build homes with these things too! – well we’re glad to report on this little beauty courtesy of’s recent post on a guest house built from shipping containers.

While its not particularly huge this container house by Poteet Architects shows how a simple concept can be executed with style given a little planning -

Utilizing only one container to build the guest house we love the simple but effective lighting and the decking area.

Check out the whole feature by following the link here -


While here at your shipping container home we tend to look at how you can build your ideal home using shipping containers we’re not averse to looking at things a little differently – and this is a real great example!!

The video below shows a 20ft shipping container turned into an underground shelter – while burying your container does seem to be a little extreme – it does show how….ahem…..versatile these containers can be.

We’d love to know what you think – fire us some comments below!

High Tech Shipping Container Home has a great feature on Patrick Partouche “Maison Container”.   Built from 8 shipping containers and featuring what you might call a rough and ready looking exterior the killer is the absolutely stunning interiors.  Patrick has really created something here that shows off what can be done with container living and whilst this comes at a price (and I think a hefty one!) it shows that with a bit of creativity and planning you can pull off something truly wonderful.

It’s funny but the exterior (shown above) doesnt quite match the boldness of the interiors but you can sure tell what he used for his basic construction with the familiar shapes and lines that only a shipping container provides!

Be sure to click the link above to look at the full photo set – you wont be disappointed.



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