Companies around the world have realized that shipping container architecture is not only popular among people for its minimal aesthetics, but they can also increase profits. Greece-based startup Cocoon Modules is also trying to bank in on the new environmental trend with its modular shipping container homes. They are upcycling shipping containers to make affordable living spaces that take lesser time and are cheaper to build when compared to prefabricated and conventional construction in Greece. They are exploiting the modular easy-assembly feature of shipping containers to create ergonomic living spaces that can be expanded just like Lego bricks when in need of extra space.
They have collaborated with eco-furniture brand Coco-Mat to build a prototype at their headquarters in Kifissia, Athens. This prefab shipping container home is clad in timber on three sides and has large floor-to-ceiling glass windows to bring in floods of natural light, as well as views of the surrounding landscape. As seen in its pictures, there is also a rooftop garden on the top of this prototype. On the inside, living spaces are furnished with Coco-Mat’s sustainably designed furniture and other smart low technology systems for day-to-day needs.
The sleeping nook and bathroom areas are located at either ends of the modular shipping container home, while lobby and kitchen area is housed in between them. The company also offers options to merge more shipping containers to satisfy space needs of a particular buyer. These eco-friendly and affordable houses are built in designated industrial spaces and then transported on site for final assembly.