From Lisbon to Brisbane, Brooklyn to Berlin, Venice to Santa Barbara, containers are popping up everywhere for the arts.  Today we look at a wide range of different container projects that convert containers into museums, artist space, theater space and much more.  We even have two - yes 2! - traveling container museums! 

Check out these links to read more about them! 

First up is the Village Underground Lisboa.  It is under construction but will provide workspace for artists as well as other office space and a cafeteria.  Artists and start-ups can rent tables by the month, day or hour that include workspace, wi-fi and cleaning services.

Next up is the Anywhere Theatre Festival is Brisbane, Australia.  It is an annual festival of various shows that are in non-traditional venues.  Shipping containers are up there with a swimming pool, book store and parking ramp for venues.

Containers are featured in various mobile museums as well!  There is the Flash Forward Festival in Boston, the Nomadic Museum has traveled across the globe with different exhibits, and the Musée Mobile which has traveled in France and Africa.  Containers have also provided additional exhibit space in Santa Barbara.

There is the PLATOON Kunsthalle in Berlin that provides space for events and workshops.

The drive-through Museum of Mystery in Seale, Alabama is both a museum and a gallery made from cargo containers.

But to full immerse yourself in the arts - the container guitar.  The CargoGuitar lets you play the guitar from inside it. 

Keep those creative ideas coming and share the creative uses for containers that you have seen!

AuthorJulia Mozumdar

Today we have 2 examples of tiny living.  First up is a 20' high cube containers made into an off-the-grid, one-bedroom home.  Second is a one-bedroom on- or off-the-grid home that will be rolling out shortly.  As an added bonus, both have videos so you can really get a good look inside and out of these homes.

In the first home, this mobile 20' container home has a kitchen, sitting room and separate bedroom that runs on a mix of solar power and 2 batteries.  Water is collected from the roof.  Every square inch is used and yet the placement of the bedroom under (unusual in tiny homes) and windows make the space seem bigger than it is.  The video is above, or click here for more.

The second example is being developed by G-Pod and is called G-Pod Dwell.  It comes in different sizes and offers everything from a one-bedroom with a kitchen, office and covered deck as well as pavillions, 2- and 4-bedroom options.  The used both 20' and 40' containers, depending on the layout you choose.  One wall of the container pops out to expand space in one direction.  On the other side of the container, the walls flips down to create the floor of the deck.  This way they are able to create a space 3 times as wide as a container but still only use 1 container for transport.  The G-Pod Dwell also offers solar power and self-contained water systems.  You can even grow grass on the roof.  Click here for the videoClick here for the brochure.




Do you need more space on your farm for anything from outbuildings, processing shops for poultry, game or even meat smoking, additional equipment storage, hay storage and more?  Maybe a container is what you need.  Here is a great article showing how they have adapted containers to be everything from mobile tack rooms for the horse boarders to a large barn made from several containers

It raises a good point, containers are fantastic tools to have on a farm.  They are insect and rodent proof.  They are easy to modify and easy to move.  They really have almost no maintenance.  What more could you ask for?

AuthorJulia Mozumdar