port a bach shipping container retreat by atelierworkshop
port a bach shipping container retreat by atelierworkshop port a bach shipping container retreat by atelierworkshop
jan 18, 2013

port a bach shipping container retreat by atelierworkshop

‘port-a-bach’ holiday home by atelierworkshop

image © paul mccredie

all images courtesy of atelierworkshop



continuing our coverage of shipping container structures, we’re featuring the ‘port-a-bach’ holiday home by atelierworkshop – a structural prototype that was built in hangzhou, china and then travelled to new zealand for final placement.


the compact dwelling employs a single shipping container which comfortably accommodates two adults and children. the interior features built-in cupboards and shelves which offer ample storage space, a stainless steel kitchen and bathroom with open shower, sink and composting toilet – expressing the design’s efforts to be environmentally clean. the architects have developed a fabric partition system which has been installed on the inside of the home which allows the inhabitants to create smaller rooms within the large open volume. the vacation residence is furnished with bunk beds, double-bed room, dressing quarters, kitchen and bath.


on the exterior steel shell, a canvas screen offers shelter over a deck area which is formed by one of the side panels outfitted with a hinge system which allows the wall to fold down, thus extending the living space to the outdoors. the structural base is composed of six concrete footings which are non-invasive, allowing one to position the unit in a number of ground conditions.


‘port-a-bach’ offers a flexible longer-term living solution which allows you to use land without investing in a permanent property commitment, transportable via truck or helicopter for installation on any minimal impact site.



the dwelling is enclosed within a steel shipping container

image © paul mccredie



one of the exterior walls has been outfitted with a hinge system which allows the owners to open up the interior living space and extend it into the outdoors

image © paul mccredie



image © paul mccredie


two bunk beds are found housed within the open side doors of the shipping container

image © paul mccredie



a canvas screen system on the exterior of the home protects some of the open interior areas

image © paul mccredie



 image © paul mccredie


the dwelling is furnished with two bunk beds and one double bed

image © paul mccredie



 image © paul mccredie


a murphy bed is installed offering a flexible interior living space

image © paul mccredie



left: kitchen sleeping arearight: built-in shelving offers ample storage space

image © paul mccredie



left: general view of the interior from the kitchen through to the bathroom on the opposite endright: a look into the bathroom from the exterior

image © paul mccredie



the bathroom features an open shower and composting toilet

image © paul mccredie



‘port-a-bach’ in its lush green environment

image © paul mccredie







  • fantastic idea!
    great modulation and control of space!
    very nice!

    ANTc says:
  • muito bom para lugares de pouco espaço e baixo custo de aquisição.

    Roberto says:
  • buen ejercicio.

    javier says:
  • très génial petit investissement pour vivre

    SEWKANY says:
  • beautifully resolved. best container transformation i have seen. well done.

    nicola loder says:
  • Would love this as studio space. Amazing!

    p burrows says:
  • Love it! I want one!!!!

    jude says:
  • Got to have one!

    Ann Lovely says:
  • A project worth investing your weekends to. Amazing concept… Imagine making it a T shape or L shape with 2 or 3 containers… That’s a typical house 🙂

    Ebenezer says:
  • La casa que he querido toda mi vida sin conocerla; una obra soberbia, gracias
    The house I’ve always wanted, not knowing it until now; Superb work, thank you

    Haz0 says:
  • Customization of a storage container for is not a very time taking task. Customization of containers can full fill your need instead of hiring another container.

    james1430 says:
  • Super! I seriously want to order some of these

    nicolas Polet says:

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