The Not Too Sexy Shipping Container House

chrissie container home project 01 The Not Too Sexy Shipping Container House

We are always on the look out for good container home designs and this isn’t one of them. Okay it is a student project, but come on, this is pretty getto compared to what other architects and designers have done with shipping containers. We are only posting it to contrast the good from the bad.

The project is by Chrissie Beavis, a student at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Looks like she created the design way back in 2004, so maybe she has fine tuned her container designs by now. We couldn’t find any updates or new design by Chrissie, so maybe this was a one off for her.

Chrissie says: “The final product will be a home that is approx 250 sq.ft. It will be just as mobile as the standard shipping container (truck, train, ship). Any standard container can be turned into a home with this design. Thus it has the potential to possibly provide disaster relief housing while putting to use the surplus of containers in the world. It also has the potential to be used in many applications from an upscale guest house to migrant worker housing. The home can be extruded from the container in less than five minutes by one person, and has the option of being fully furnished (major appliances included).”

chrissie container home project 02 The Not Too Sexy Shipping Container House


  • George Runkle

    It’s a pretty good house for a student project, and of course you have to remember the purpose of student projects – for learning. Dwellings like these could have a definite use in third world countries to provide cheap yet livable housing.


  • Clifford Cruz

    Yes i agree, its very well built home for a student project on a low budget. I defanitly can see this as a common mid level home of a green coulture.

  • Chrissie

    Although Gmonk thinks the project is "getto", It was more about functionality and realistic design than most over-priced one-time-use container designs. Just a little more information: the whole project was constructed for under $3k and by one person. The whole idea was to keep the container easily mobile and with it's structure in-tact, meaning no openings once the project is "closed". You can check out the interior images on fabprefab.

  • Guilherme

    Of course, a 3d drawing always will look better than a real home container. Is very nice to see that area people around the world thinking on it to, and with all those earthquakes and hurricanes the container houses can be the solution for a lot of problens around the world.

  • agata

    here it’s her website:

  • Jeremiah

    I prefer the term “rustic” to “ghetto”. ;-)  It’s a great little project, Chrissie.  And a decent body of work on your site.  The concept sketch certainly is more evocative than the reality of the design, but for what it is, I think you’ve hit on a very successful design project. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next.  Cheers.

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