If you’ve ever seen cargo ships laden with shipping containers, it’s quite likely you never gave much thought to what happens to those containers once they age out of crossing oceans. In reality, recycled shipping containers have an incredible number of uses that have little to nothing to do with their original purpose. 

Thankfully, in the past few years, shipping containers have been recognised as versatile pieces of cargo transport that have found new life as structures for both temporary and permanent use. With the right modifications, it is possible to convert shipping containers into homes, businesses, or even emergency shelters. 

With sustainability and eco-friendly options being more highly sought after across a range of industries, including construction, shipping containers are a leading choice.  

Shipping Container Conversions

Shipping containers have come a long way since their introduction in the 1950s – and they are proving to be incredibly useful for a variety of purposes. 

From retail spaces and event venues to homes and emergency shelters – shipping containers can be customized to fit any need. With just a few modifications, these versatile pieces of cargo transport can be transformed into something entirely new.

Wondering whether a shipping container conversion is suited to your needs? Here are just a few examples of how shipping containers can be repurposed to fit a variety of situations. 

1. Retail Spaces

Shipping containers are the perfect size for creating chic and on-trend pop-up retail shops. With a few modifications such as windows, lighting and shelving they can be easily transformed into a modern, practical space. As an added benefit, this unique shopping experience leaves a valuable and lasting impression on your customers. 

Need to change locations? With a container store or cafe, you can simply relocate your business as needed. 

2. Event Venues

If you’re looking for an unconventional event space, look no further than shipping containers. They can be arranged and connected in a variety of ways to create an exciting atmosphere for any kind of event. Create safe, secure and eye-catching indoor spaces in an outdoor setting simply by adding in some containers. 

Able to be painted and decorated however you like, their versatility makes them an ideal option for events. 

3. Homes

Shipping container homes are becoming increasingly popular because of their affordability and eco-friendliness. Whether you’re looking for a traditional home, an off-grid cabin, or something in between – shipping containers can be easily modified to fit your needs.

Looking for an added office space, teenage retreat or pool for your backyard? Converted shipping containers can offer that too. A shipping container pool offers better value for money when compared to a standard in-ground pool and can cut construction time down significantly, meaning you’re ready for summer swimming sooner. 

4. Emergency Shelters

In the wake of natural disasters, shipping containers can provide much-needed temporary housing and safety protection for those affected. They are strong enough to withstand the harsh Australian weather conditions including extreme heat, heavy rain, bushfires and more. 

Thanks to their durable construction, they’re also tough enough to last through the years and remain ready when you need them.

5. Student Housing 

Stacked shipping containers can be converted into affordable and practical student housing without the need for extensive construction. They can also be used in this manner for staff accommodation, lunch rooms, change rooms, studio accommodation and more. 

Able to be locked up securely and fitted out with windows, electricity, air conditioning, bathrooms, kitchens and more, they offer a smarter accommodation solution for students and employees alike. 

6. Public Spaces

Shipping containers can be used in innovative ways in the public sector too, as Israel’s Messer Architects demonstrated with their ECOntainer bridge, in Ariel Sharon Park, Israel. 

Able to accommodate both pedestrian and vehicular traffic and incorporate a range of eco-friendly features, it is easy to see how containers can be used in just about every building scenario you can think of. 

Ready To Buy A Container? 

If you feel a converted or modified container could be the right solution for your needs, you may be wondering where to begin. 

At Brisbane Shipping Containers, not only do we sell and lease a wide range of new, used and converted containers, but we also have architects and specialist team members on board. These talented individuals can oversee the process of modifying your container and ensure a seamless process from start to finish.  

To learn more about shipping containers and their numerous uses, contact our team today at 1800 006 162