containerCore is based in Hanalei, Hawaii. Inspired in part by temporary rain shelters of all sizes required for outdoor events here, along with local architecture that maximizes outdoor living space, tropical style.
Shipping containers as the basis for habitable structures are relatively inexpensive, structurally sound and in abundant supply. Although, in raw form, containers are dark windowless boxes, they can be highly customizable modular elements of a larger structure.
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Many arrangements of containers are possible; the most basic use one or two 20' containers, side by side or separated, in a rectangular plan that may include covered exterior decking.

The following floor plans use trusses at 4' intervals, supported on beams that are either 16' or 20' apart. Truss length overall, including 4' cantilevered eaves, is 24' or 28'. (NOTE: Requires either 1) shipment in a 40' container or 2) truss is shipped as two or more pieces in a 20' container.

An important consideration about containers, easily overlooked, is how the container doors are to be used? How far can they open? Can they be left open 24/7, yet still closed when needed? Can the doors have windows? Sturdy and weatherproof, doors add structural strength and security when closed, so their removal will be considered a last resort.


6' extension of roof on "High Cube" container