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Repurposed Shipping Containers | Eco-Cabin in South Africa

This is the second in our series of blog posts showcasing unique uses of shipping containers from around the world. In this installation, we are featuring an incredible eco-cabin in South Africa. This property demonstrates that shipping containers can be used for so much more than commercial purposes, serving the needs of residential customers as well. It’s truly amazing what a little bit of outside-the-box thinking can deliver.


Home Sweet Home – Eco-Cabin

The Steyn family of South Africa made unique use of repurposed shipping containers in creating their house. This steps away from the standard uses of shipping containers, like storage, transport and trash disposal. The family used the shipping containers to create the basic structure of the Eco-cabin, then built it out to surround the core structure.

The Eco-cabin’s basic framework is built around two full-sized shipping containers, creating a solid base around which the rest of the house is situated. It is conveniently located just 90 minutes outside of Capetown. This household is eco-friendly, harnessing solar power for its energy needs, making it completely free from the main energy grid.

What truly sets this house apart, though, is that everything in the interior has been designed with luxury in mind. In South Africa, most shipping container properties are small offices or low-income housing. This house is elegant and luxurious from top to bottom, changing the way that people look at shipping containers.

The property is available for rent year-round for travelers visiting the area. Steyn is currently in the process of developing a second vacation rental shipping container Eco-cabin property, and it is expected that it will open to the public early this year.

Shipping Containers and More

At Port Containers USA, we have a wide range of shipping containers at our disposal. We make them available to both residential and commercial clients for all their shipping container needs. Our associates are highly knowledgeable about our products and can help make your shipping container visions become reality.

We welcome you to reach out to us today to learn more about everything we have to offer. You have the option of either purchasing or renting our shipping containers, depending on what you need them for. We’ll work with you to develop a solution to fit your needs and budget. Call now to learn more about how we can help you.