Shipping Containers and Tree Houses: New Homes to Consider

Many buildings are being re-constructed of existing goods or concepts but in new ways. This article highlights some of those designs that are unique and smart in their creation beginning with the re-use of shipping containers.

Articles on Hi Consumption show the 15 greatest shipping container homes on the planet and another article shows some truly innovative grown-up tree houses.


The shipping container homes range in size, price and use. Some of them make up the construction of the whole building, like in the 1000 SF residence by Benjamin Garcia Saxe in San Jose, Costa Rica. It cost $40,000 for (2) 40-foot shipping containers or in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California where David Fenster built a container residence on top of an old railway for use as an emergency underground escape.


My favorite is the student-designed six-unit residence built in Flagstaff, Arizona.


Other residences use the shipping containers as additions to their structures. Homes such as the one in Nederland, Colorado built by Studio H:T and the Sao Paulo residence created by Brazilian Architect Marcio Kogan that highlights the containers as stacked living additions.

The most unique in this category is the shipping container complex in Cove Park, Scotland. This is a resort created by Edo Architecture of six containers welded together that are rentable spaces for visitors.


Another unique place to reside would be in the tree-shaped houses by architect Konrad Wojcik. The spaces are designed to fit into their environment and also they have the goal of being true sustainability. Beautiful and creative, designed to fit up to four people and to be near public transportation hubs.


Other tree-houses that make up the Hi Consumption’s 18 greatest tree houses for adults are all over the board in design concepts.


They range from the UFO shaped tree house in Harads, Sweden to the “Swing at the End of the World in Ecuador” and then to the more traditional, in kid-like design, to the tree house built by Missy Brown in Vail, Colorado.


My favorite in this design category is the Lion Sands Game Reserve in South Africa. This has to be a truly unique experience, being part of what ever animals want to visit but being safely above in a beautiful resort setting.



There are so many unique and creative designs across the world that it is impossible to sum them all up here but these two lists on Hi Consumption do a good job of highlighting these innovative homes and showcasing how incredible a home can be.

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