Envision your next home in Shipping Containers

Atelier7 is a unique architectural practice which specializes in using shipping containers & modular systems for custom retail, office and residential projects.

Sea container house

Why choosing sea containers for your next dream place.

Sustainable

Shipping container construction is ‘Reusing’ a material to introduce a second useful lifecycle. Used shipping containers, having already served their primary purpose, can be effectively 'upcycled' at the base of many eco-friendly structures, with a low embodied energy, the steel is being 100% upcycled. Our designs utilize recycling and reuse, regionally sourced materials, and cutting-edge material specs.

Durability

Given that they are made of steel and designed for long journeys across the open ocean, it’s no secret that shipping containers are built to be extremely strong. Their ability to withstand wear and tear, handle extreme loads, and last for decades also means that shipping containers have related benefits when used for construction.

Faster Production

We work with you to develop strategies to deliver the design. Prefab modular and site-building are ways to realize your project. Shipping Container houses offer tons of possibilities and flexibility for before, during, and after construction.

Quality

We integrate specs that are carefully chosen based on their durability, sustainability, availability and overall quality.

A family relaxing in a sea container house

The process of building a sea container home with us.

Pre-Design

This is an information gathering and processing phase. Before we start to design, we collect all the information about the project to use in developing the design. We will work together to identify project goals, program, site constraints, opportunities and develop the project roadmap. This includes information about the site, any existing structure(s), codes, deed restrictions, site utilities, access, budget, schedule, and spatial program.

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Ideas, Exploration, Reality

This is where the rough shape of the building and the ideas are formed. We begin by drafting a narrative for the project, called a ‘parti’, which we’ll reference throughout the project. This seed idea is used to help us make decisions as the project becomes more detailed and better defined. It’s a rulebook of sorts.  Conceptual estimates and duration timelines are also developed, along with fabricator and contractor sources.

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The Instruction Manual

This phase fixes all of the information about the house into a detailed set of drawings and specifications that will be used by the Contractor and/or Fabricator for pricing and construction. Think of it as an instruction manual. Before beginning, we’ll discuss whether you’d like to pursue a bid price contract or a negotiated contract; field or factory fabrication and we’ll craft the drawings and level of detail in those drawings based on those decisions.

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Getting It Built

After the contract is awarded and construction begins, we act as your agent on-site, monitor progress, review applications for payment, and ensure conformance with the contract documents. We don’t tell the contractor how to do his work; We just make sure he’s doing the things he’s contractually promised to do. Upon substantial completion of construction, we will review the work with you and verify any work to be completed or corrected by the contractor before final payment.

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What we can build with shipping containers.

Choose a property type

Sea Container House

From $135/sqft.

residential house build from 2 sea containers

6 weeks

Build Time

2 Containers

Containers Used

Sea Container House

From $135/sqft.

a modular house build from 3 shipping containers

8 weeks

Build Time

3 Containers

Containers Used

Sea Container House

From $135/sqft.

sea container home build from 5 containers

12 weeks

Build Time

5 Containers

Containers Used

Residential Homes

Atelier 7 delivers design using various construction methods: prefab modular, or on-site-building (stick-building). The architects and designers work alongside the Owner throughout the build process until the project is complete. We do not sell
plans - we see all of our designs through to completion.

Prefabricated modular builds are delivered to the building site essentially complete. Atelier 7 utilizes factories around the United States and Canada. Our five years of experience building relationships within this industry makes a difference. We also collaborate with high-quality builders, and when conditions are favorable, a typical on-site construction procession is used. No matter the method, Atelier 7 stays involved in the building process with on-site walk-throughs and status updates.

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Sea Container Offices

From $110/sqft.

an office build from 6 sea containers

4 weeks

Build Time

6 Containers

Containers Used

Sea Container Offices

From $110/sqft.

An office space build with 3  shipping containers

5 weeks

Build Time

3 Containers

Containers Used

Sea Container Offices

From $110/sqft.

an office space build with shipping containers

5 weeks

Build Time

4 Containers

Containers Used

Sea Container Offices

From $110/sqft.

A simple office build from 2 sea containers

4 weeks

Build Time

2 Containers

Containers Used

Shipping Container Offices

Offices, in particular, are an interesting application for containers, as a large portion of the population spends many of their waking hours inside one. Shipping Container Offices allow a client to stretch the limits and use multiple containers to capture a unique, modern aesthetic. We’re are seeing a lot of companies serving the coworking market use shipping containers. Coworking is a newer phenomenon that typically provides both flexible private office space and shared, open working areas, depending on a company’s needs.

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Coffee Shop

From $200/sqft.

A coffee shop build from shipping containers

6 weeks

Build Time

2 Containers

Containers Used

Small Stores

From $200/sqft.

A small store build from 5 shipping containers

12 weeks

Build Time

5 Containers

Containers Used

Restaurants

From $200/sqft.

A restaurant build from 5 shipping containers

10 weeks

Build Time

5 Containers

Containers Used

Shipping Containers for Specialty Projects

Atelier 7 designs retail shops, pop-up restaurants, and mobile libraries branches, to iconic container parks, our goal is to create the kinds of immersive environments that leave an impact on people. Working hand-in-hand with our clients, we design and develop iconic structures that set your business or venue apart.

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Flexible architecture for any dreams and sizes

Atelier 7 also uses a wide variety of recycled and eco-friendly materials to personalize the interior and exterior of your boxes, in addition to integrating systems that reduce energy consumption. We want to do our part for society by building sustainable spaces.

Need help building with shipping containers?

Designing and developing a custom sea container house might be challenging. Schedule a pre-design consultation call. We'll only need 30 mins of your free time.

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Atelier 7 gives a second life to retired maritime shipping containers, thus reducing waste.

We recycle the steel structures and reuse them for various types of buildings. In combination with our minimalist designs and religious use of recycled products, this is how we make our contribution to protecting the environment.

We design beautiful buildings that are good for their occupants, good for their neighborhoods and good for the environment.Anthony Pope, Atelier7 Principal
Anthony Pope shipping containers architect in United States

Atelier7 is a full-service sea containers architecture firm.

Design Consultation

The discovery phase. We work together to identify project goals and programs, understand site constraints and opportunities, and form a project road map.

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Budgeting The Project

Budgeting the costs of design and construction is an essential first step to help you avoid surprises and frustration. We will work with you to develop the construction cost and manage the budget throughout the course of the project.

Agency Approvals And Permitting

We are experts at working with local and state jurisdictions in determining the best pathway towards obtaining approval on your container project.  Our goal is to make this an enjoyable process and take the burden of negotiating with building and planning officials away from you.

Documentation

We are a full-service architectural practice using an assortment of digital tools and processes to develop detailed drawings, renderings, specifications, and contracts to build your custom home. With over 30 years of documentation experience and collaborative relationships with major container fabricators, we bring the necessary skill set to accomplish any task.

Handover

We work with you, the contractor, and the permitting agencies and finalize the completion and occupancy of your new home.  From inspection services, warranty cataloging, and final payments to contractors and sub-contractors, we work to ensure a turn-key delivery of your custom sea container home.

Flexible architecture for any dreams and sizes

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41 Years

Experience

216

Projects

45

Shipping Container Projects

Need help building with shipping containers?

Designing and developing a custom sea container house might be challenging. Schedule a pre-design consultation call. We'll only need 30 mins of your free time.

Schedule a consultation call
Countryside house build with shipping containers