Constructing Shipping Container Dormitory Blocks–Manila Philippines

Concrete base being constructed by local workers with steel uprights.Initial concrete bases and supports being built

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Shipping containers arriving to site and being dropped onto the supports and into position.

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shipping container being unhooked and locked into place

Now the containers are in place work starts on turning them into a dormitory first job cutting all those windows.


Next job is the internal framework of all the beds to be used in the dormitory as well as a few partitions going up for privacy.

steel bunk beds being made

Dormitory starts to take shape and the beds and walls become more recognisable as a workers home!

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Dormitory takes shape and starts to look good

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Outdoor sink areas made from concrete start to take shape.Outside sinks made from concrete being installedconcrete sinks being installed

Staircase now installed into position and its starting to look on the road to completion.

metal staircase outside shipping container dorm

Extra roof over the container complex helps reduce heat in the building.

shipping container dorm gets its second roof

Handrails are added not just as a feature but also to help the guard monitor people entering and leaving.

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shipping container building from the road looks very professional

Looking at the building from the road it gives a very professional finish to the property as it no doubt improves the look of the neighbourhood due to the amount of work gone into the design.


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Workers in Manila as other parts of the Philippines struggle to get low budget high quality rentals. This shipping container dormitory does seem to have the answer for cheap construction but also a better class of living for those with a small budget. Air conditioning and a bed as well as onsite restaurant for P1,500 a month is extremely reasonable and no doubt a big hit. A lot of cheap accommodation in the Philippines normally consists of a rundown room with no air conditioning or cooling system as well as possibly just access to a single bulb light. This on the other hand seems very geared to peoples needs and no doubt has a lot of extra services downstairs besides the kitchen such as charging stations for mobile phones. All in all I think its a huge step forward in quality for workers in the Philippines and look forward to seeing more of these types of building.

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The second set of photos are from the same place but a different building. As you can see they have traded the bunk bed dorms for more private cubicle styled beds. Not for everyone but if your on a tight budget with a limited salary I know more than a few Filipinos that would happily live in these compared to their current rentals. From a business point of view though is it viable? Counting all the beds up your looking at 98 just for the upper level and as you can see in the yellow one being constructed its beds lower side as well so roughly 200 beds at P1,500 per month giving an income of P300,000 per month even if you took out all the expenses because obviously the snack bar and other things on site increase the revenue I would easily expect to make P250,000 a month from this venture in the right location and obviously someone else seen the same vision.

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Holyoake Shipping Container Cabin Home


Holyoake Shipping Container cabin 

The design on this home is a mishmash of Shipping Container and timber cabin although a bit of an odd design due to the two materials contrasting with each other the home/retreat works.

Paul Stankey, co-founder of Hive Modular, with his wife, his brother, and his brother’s wife decided about going about building this weekend getaway on family land in hills north of Twin Cities. The two containers came in at $800 each plus labour and transportation.

Upon completion the shipping container home will have a kitchen,dining room,living room,washing and clothes area as well as two queen side beds.

On the energy front there will be at least a small solar array and a cistern will be operated using rainwater catchments from the gully.

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Container living for surfers–The Surf Shack

Surf shack


In Washington, a surfer/designer who hated the long distance to travel to surf eventually created his own surf shack right next to his favourite surfing location.

Its a little white for me but primarily made from recycled walls its functionality and the fact shelves and beds etc. are fold out gives the maximum amount of usage in the minimal 20ft container.

Great idea and I am sure many people will see some interesting ideas for their own designs from this weekend surf retreat.








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Double decker bus home

The double decker bus mobile home idea takes me back to the perception of people moving around in the 60s. Not sure where it fits into today’s society or fuel prices but for those who are minimalistic and want to travel as a group it still does come out as a viable contender especially for things like bands or other acts moving around a country needing to stop in a different town every night.

The design was done by Aristide Antonas who is a Greek professor of architecture and the conversion does seem an interesting although may not be practical for road movement. At the same time with rising fuel prices I can see larger vehicles coming off the road and this also might be a viable reason for converting one if you can get it through town/city planning for something cheap to convert.

The two storey vehicle is designed with 7 beds, a sitting room and a restroom not sure how the caravan club will see it on one of their holiday sites mind.

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