Larger Size Builds
Monumental architectural achievements, these awe-inspiring structures transcend conventional boundaries, harnessing over ten shipping containers to create sprawling marvels of modern design, seamlessly merging innovation with grandeur to redefine the possibilities of sustainable living on a grand scale.

Casa Oruga/Caterpillar House
Number of Containers Used: 12
Square Footage: 3700

Location: Santiago, Chile
Architect: Sebastián Irarrázaval

Materials: Five 40-foot standard shipping containers, six 20-foot standard shipping containers, and one 40-foot open-top shipping container, along with steel plates, concrete retaining walls, gypsum board, and timber wood.

More information: The construction proceeded in three phases: first, setting up the retaining walls to establish a level surface for the public areas; second, assembling and positioning the containers to accommodate the private spaces; and third, enveloping the containers with a cohesive material that not only integrates the components but also forms a ventilated facade, regulating the interior temperatures.

Photo Credit & Source: Archello

Number of Containers Used: 14
Levels: 2 + small penthouse
Square Footage: Approximately 3700
Bedroom(s): 3 + Den
Bathroom(s): 3.5

Location: Dallas, Texas
Architect: M Gooden Design

More information: The goal was to craft a modern home with unique character, responsive to its location and equipped with underutilized construction technologies. Positioned on a high site aligned with the city street grid, the house captures exceptional views of the lake and cityscape. Elevating the primary living areas not only optimizes these vistas but also provides a buffer from street activity below.

Photo Credit & Source: PV14|House

Starburst House (projected)
Number of Containers Used: 21
Levels: 1
Square Footage: 2153
Bedroom(s): 3
Bathroom(s): 3

Location: Joshua Tree, California
Designers/Builders: Whitaker Studio

More information: Since its debut in 2017 through renders, which remain accessible in the attached gallery, the Hanleys aimed to leverage viral attention to finance their container home's construction. However, by 2020, complications emerged when the nonexistent house was listed for sale at $3.5 million. Subsequently, with the emergence of the "Invisible House" listing, it became clear that funds were necessary to complete the Starburst House project. Despite continued discussions and online buzz, as of 2023, no progress has been made, underscoring the challenges of turning social media hype into tangible results.

Photo Credit & Source: WHITAKER STUDIO
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