Container life: A pop-up home to adore

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In this age of environmental awareness, we’re more conscious than ever of what we use and consume on this planet. That’s why this project by the architects at Edge Design Studio in South Africa is filling us with hope for the future. They are taking an old shipping container and transforming it into a livable home. 

The home is built out of a single 12-metre shipping container. They construct the prefab home in a factory and then it’s transported to the site by truck. Pop-up structures create outdoor living spaces for the home. This beautiful container home gives new meaning to industrial style. Ready to take a look?

Prefab container home

This prefab container home looks like a sophisticated modern abode. The matte grey exterior belies the material’s humble origins. Untreated wood accents bring a rawness to the design that goes with the industrial style. A rooftop patio creates an unparalleled outdoor entertaining space. The home’s modest kitchen opens right to the outdoors and connects you with the exterior spaces of your home seamlessly.


Inside, we can take a closer look and see how the pop-out features of the home. Lifting up and out, the walls pop out to increase space. When they are closed, windows help bring light inside. The open plan inside is not necessarily a style choice. It helps make the most out of the restricted space. The simple wood plank floors and walls create a homey feeling inside. The cozy bedroom is down the hall and it has its own patio area. It’s easy to forget that we’re inside a shipping container!

Plenty of space

Separate areas in the interconnected home create a greater sense of space. A couple or small family could easily feel at home here. A solar panel on the roof hints at the home’s self-sufficiency. Most off-the-grid homes produce at least some of their own energy and have clever strategies to recycle water. A prefab home like this will make you rethink your ecological footprint. It gives you a greater sense of agency to control the resources you use. 


For more sketches, details, and specifics, check out this photo to learn more! Keep scrolling for more container home ideas or head off to our list of 6 budget friendly container homes you'd love to live in!


This family home delights and inspires with its spirit of upcycling. The REFIT house uses a shipping container in its construction. See how the painted teal shipping container playfully brightens up the brick facade of the home? Check out the full feature to see inside. 

Luxury container home

If you like a more luxe style than shabby chic, then don’t worry because shipping container homes come in all shapes and sizes. We did a full feature on this comfortable container home with luxury style

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