Shipping Container Work Spaces

Over Thanksgiving we visited Dekalb Market in Brooklyn - an outdoor market with pod size storefronts, all located in salvaged shipping containers. Ever since, we've been intrigued and inspired to explore more places like this. It's such a simple concept and while perhaps seemly simple- it seems so simply do-able.

Photos via Dekalb Market

Inspired to consider downsizing a retail footprint, the container concept challenges maximizing dollars per square foot and creativity. Wouldn't it make a great space for working with brides on their wedding invitation? Or a pint size letterpress studio?

While containers seem best suited to the urban landscape they even work as seaside retreat. Many of the projects below were featured on Inhabit- a never ending source for green living inspiration.

Pinamar Beach Resort located in Argentina offers hostel travel/"glamping" in anything but student grade accommodations. Of all the examples, this best demonstrates how the concept could easily translate in to the perfect art studio or office. We're ready to move in!!

A new drive thru Starbucks in Tukwila, Washington... Love how the signage is integrated into the container walls.

Photos via Inhabit

Container City in San Andrés Cholula, Mexico is a 50,000 sq. foot strip center which perfectly serves up everything from espresso to tattoos in this college town.

(Photo via Container City in San Andrés Cholula)

This coastal paradise in New Zeland was featured in Modern Architecture. Posted via / see more great ideas at busyboo.com.

Photo via busyboo.com

MEKA pre-fab modular living provides exterior and interior design (via busyboo.com).

Photo via MEKA

Beautiful studio addition to a Amagansett home in the Hamptons by Maziar-Behrooz Architecture.

Photo via archdaily.com by Maziar-Behrooz Architecture

Inspired? DIY: you can purchase used containers from out-backstorage.com. They are surprisingly affordable - $2,500 - $4,000. Then get busy- the trick is containing yourself but not feeling railroaded in!

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