40+ Shipping Container Applications

40' Shipping Container

Shipping containers have many practical applications, not the least of which is affordable housing and modular home building. They are inexpensive, readily available, and extremely versatile. They are relatively easy to move to just about any location around the world.

Here is a long list of applications and industries where shipping containers have been used:

Shipping container applications

Homeless shelters

Solar cabins

Affordable housing

shipping container home on wheels
Image © TAYNR Shipping container home

Press boxes

Emergency hurricane shelters for thoroughbred horses


Moveable exhibition spaces on rails

Telco hubs

Concession stands and food trucks

Shipping container food truck
Hobo Food’s shipping container food truck

Medical clinics

Radar stations

Shopping malls

Sleeping rooms

Fire training facility

Military training facility

School buildings

Shipping container school in Malawi
Solar powered shipping container school in Malawi

Apartment and office buildings

Artists’ studios

Modular data centers (e.g. Project Blackbox, Portable Modular Data Center)

Experimental labs


Emergency shelters

Urban homes

Rural homes

Off grid shipping container home
Shipping container school in Malawi

Bank vaults

Recording studios

Abstract art

Transportable factories

Clandestine cannabis gardens

Combatant temporary containment (ventilated)




Shipping container workshop
Shipping container workshop

Intermodal sealed storage on ships, trucks, and trains

House foundations on unstable seismic zones

Elevator/stairwell shafts

Block roads and keep protesters away

Construction trailers

Mine site accommodations

Exploration camp

VIP Lounge Viewing Deck


SOURCE: Wikipedia

40' Shipping Container

This list is not all inclusive, and is limited only to the imagination of the builder. Shipping containers are truly the perfect building material.