Container Nation, a project by Group 41

Group 41, a San Francisco-based firm, has been experimenting with shipping container design. The company is currently working on a large multi-family development in Utah that is to be entirely constructed out of shipping containers.

This proposal is a design for market-rate housing in the suburbs of Salt Lake City Utah. Involving the use of nearly 1000 shipping containers to create up to 200 units of housing, and sitting on a concrete commercial “base” that also includes parking, this major development is slated for a Transit Oriented district near a commuter rail station. Currently, in the preliminary conceptual phase, Container Nation has created two different proposed schemes that take different approaches to the stacking and build-out of the containers. Preliminary local Planning approvals are expected by mid-2009.

For more information, go to Container Nation official website.
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Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Container Nation, a project by Group 41" 28 Mar 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 16 Sep 2014. <>


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    Now this has to be one of the best container based, communal dwelling prefab constructions I have ever seen.

    They have really managed to give it an element of class and you have to give it a second look to see how the containers are incorporated into the overall design.

    Many thanks for posting.

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    This is an interesting concept & would like to see it actually implemented. It will address the shortage of affordable housing units (I believe it will be affordable) in many countries especially in Asia.

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