Rather than spending money on a rented office, the Canadian architect Randy Bens has turned a shipping container into his backyard office. Since 2015 he works from home, but later in 2016, he opted for shipping container conversion in order to make dedicated workspace, fit for the three employees.
This 29.9-square-meter shipping container office was fitted out in a factory and then placed in the backyard using a crane. Sitting on a concrete foundation, it appears to be floating in the air. The exteriors are clad in yellow cedar slats, which not only work as a sun shade but also enhance the look. There’s a triple-glazed, floor-to-ceiling window on one side of the container to offer uninterrupted views of the outside. The home office is accessed through a large rusty metal stair.
On the inside, the interiors walls are paneled with birch plywood and there’s a 19′ long desk made from Douglas Fir, spanning across one wall to create a flexible workspace. There are shelves above the table and cabinets to store printers. Spray foam is used for insulation, while a small air conditioner is included for a comfortable environment in the summertime.
As elaborated by Bens to the Azure Magazine, the shipping container conversion into backyard office completed in about $200,000, including the complete renovation from the inside.
Shipping container architecture has immense potential and the RBA Studio showcases its versatile power to create small and affordable living spaces.