In modern architecture and design, we are increasingly coming across innovative and creative ways to build sustainable homes. One dominant example of this are container homes. Container homes often make use of recycled materials such as old shipping containers, creating a whole new form of architecture out of them.
The grey container makes up the facade, with windows and doors allowing the home to open up onto outdoor areas.
Don't you love the large terrace on the roof?
This little nifty container home by Architecture for a Change is a wonderful example of the advantages of these structures. They can be constructed just about anywhere, are built very quickly and are, of course, both economically and environmentally friendly.
This building is actually an office space, rather than a home, but it shows how versatile and adaptable a container structure can be. It also doesn't necessarily have to be small as container elements can be incorporated with traditional bricks and mortar elements.
This eclectic design by Sergio Nunes Architects is a great example of the opportunity for innovation that exists with container homes. Don't you love this layered effect?
Nico Van Der Meulen Architects once again show that the sky is the limit. They've built this extraordinary Johannesburg home with container sections, which create cubes, layers and volumes throughout.
Have you ever seen something so beautiful?
This more traditional home with a large and spacious terrace features a wrought-iron roof top, showing that recycled materials can be used for many functions.
The concept of a shipping container taps into a very popular design trend – industrial chic. If you want to achieve the same look and feel in your own home but don't want to invest in a whole container home, opt for exposed raw brick walls, copper pipes and furniture and screed flooring.
This outdoor area shows how we can mirror the shipping container look and feel with a sleek and savvy pergola.
Have a look at this step-by-step guide for building a pergola.
While South African architects have started incorporating container homes into the country's architecture, there are lots of overseas professionals that we can draw inspiration from. This design is a wonderful example, where the containers are placed on top of one another in a perpendicular look and feel.