This Architect Built A Home Office Out Of A Shipping Container

An oversized shipping container was transformed into a modern office for an architectural firm. #Construction #ShippingContainer #Workplace #ShippingContainerOffice

Photography by Ema Peter Photography

 

After working out of his home for many years, Canadian architect Randy Bens has designed a new office for himself and his employees.

Randy explains, ‘The goal was to have the benefits of working from home, while having an independent space for staff, a place to conduct meetings with clients and contractors, and to simply have more room to do our work.’

With that in mind, they looked at several construction options and settled on an over-sized steel shipping container.

 

An oversized shipping container was transformed into a modern office for an architectural firm. #Construction #ShippingContainer #Workplace #ShippingContainerOffice


The shipping container measures in at 40 feet long, 11.5 feet wide, and 9.5 feet high, and was chosen for its durable steel shell, and the ability to relocate it should the need arise. The container was fitted out in the supplier’s factory, and arrived on site 95% complete.


An oversized shipping container was transformed into a modern office for an architectural firm. #Construction #ShippingContainer #Workplace #ShippingContainerOffice


The 350 sq.ft. building cantilevers over its new foundation, and pulls all the services from the old 1930’s house that shares the property.


This modern 350 sq.ft. shipping container office cantilevers over its new foundation, and pulls all the services from the old 1930’s house that shares the property. #ShippingContainerOffice #Design

Photography by Ema Peter Photography

The shipping container has been clad in yellow cedar, which was a city requirement (all shipping containers must be clad). Over time the natural cedar will develop a grey patina.


This modern shipping container office has been clad in yellow cedar, which over will develop a grey patina. #ShippingContainerOffice #CedarCladding #CedarSiding

Photography by Ema Peter Photography

Steel stairs, which have already taken on a full layer of rust after one winter, provide access to the raised entrance.


The steel stairs of this shipping container office have developed a rusty patina over the course of a year. #Stairs #SteelStairs #ExteriorStairs

Photography by Ema Peter Photography

The interior of the office is lined in birch plywood to create a sense of warmth, and the Douglas Fir desk, which runs along one wall, spans 19 feet, providing a flexible working space.


The interior of of this modern shipping container office office is lined in birch plywood to create a sense of warmth, and the Douglas Fir desk, which runs along one wall, spans 19 feet, providing a flexible working space. #ShippingContainerOffice #HomeOffice #InteriorDesign #Workplace

Photography by Ema Peter Photography

The self sufficient office also contains a kitchenette, washroom, printer / network cabinet and an open studio space. Water, sanitary, power, and data were trenched from the house to the base of the building.


This shipping container office contains a kitchenette, washroom, printer / network cabinet and an open studio space. #HoemOffice #ShippingContainerOffice #OfficeDesign

Photography by Ema Peter Photography

A custom-designed screen can be added to cover the large picture window, providing privacy and security if needed.


A custom-designed screen was created to cover the large picture window of this shipping container office, providing privacy and security if needed. #Screen #WindowScreen #ShippingContainerOffice

Photography by Ema Peter Photography

Here’s an alternate view that shows the new home office from the lane that runs behind the property.


A cedar clad shipping container office sits quietly in this residential neighborhood. #ShippingContainerOffice #Achitecture

Photography by Ema Peter Photography

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