In the last 20 years we have seen shipping containers’ architecture appearing more often around the world. This growth in numbers is particularly noticeable in accommodation solutions. Accommodation made out of shipping containers can be modern and stylish. It is also faster and cheaper to produce in comparison to traditional structures and therefore considered in areas where time, price and/or space could be restricted.

In the last 20 years, growing cities have been attracting more wealthy residents. Therefore, accommodation prices have been rising. As a result, the less wealthy cannot afford to live in the city centres and are being pushed further out towards city’s outskirts. This, by many considered difficult situation, triggered the search for alternative accommodation in larger cities. Between 2000 and 2002 in Trinity Buoy Wharf area in London two projects have been undertaken in order to encourage young, and less wealthy creatives to stay in city by enabling them to rent studio spaces and accommodation at reasonable prices. Projects ‘Container City 1’ and ‘Container City 2’ have been undertaken. The resulted structures are buildings made out of shipping containers. The final look of the structures is colourful and vibrant. Balconies together with circular shaped windows and addition of coloured exterior walls as well as greenery provide an overall modern look to the structures. Container City 1 and 2 have become one of the most recognizable examples of structures made out of shipping containers of the past twenty years.


History of shipping containers as a structure goes back 70 years. Malcolm McLean is responsible for developing shipping container in order to transport goods. McLean achieved it in 1950s. Years later, in 1987, Philip C. Clark patented method of converting shipping containers into habitable spaces. As the need for accommodation in difficult conditions have been growing further, architects have been experimenting with structures made out of shipping containers with a great success. Other than the Container City 1 and 2 discussed above, there are many other examples of buildings made out of containers which are worth looking at.

At KC Cabins Solutions our standard offer are modular buildings constructed on a steel frame with sandwich panel walls. And also, additionally to standard offer we sell buildings made out of shipping containers too. As a sales branch for those, we would like to invite you to look at the photographs attached in this article. These are of some of the options ideas we can offer. Buildings made out of shipping containers can be an exciting endeavour to consider. If you would like to know more, please contact us directly.