Ireland’s first shipping container home completed in just three days

Ireland’s first shipping container home completed in just three days

Ireland’s first shipping container home was completed at the weekend.

The project took just three days to build and will now be donated to St Vincent de Paul.

It will most likely be moved to Deerpark in Co Cork to home a family in time for Christmas.

Building the unit took volunteers three days, after which it was put on display at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).

The labour and materials for the project were donated from more than 60 suppliers. The container measures 40 ft. in length and 10 ft. wide and will be available to visit on Saturdays over the coming month.

The project managed to turn something that looked like this:



Into something that now looks like this: 


The building is now complete with a modern finish and is partially powered by solar panels.

The project was coordinated by Carol Tallon and and Derek Trenaman of Ceardean Architects. Volunteers for the build were mostly drawn from BNI Ireland – the Irish branch of an international networking organisation.

Speaking about the project, Tallon said: “A low cost model of housing was inevitable after the property market crash, and this container project shows that there are new housing solutions available to accommodate different lifestyle choices for Irish people.”


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  3. Mary at 4:11 pm

    In the early 90’s an NGO in Addis Ababa had converted a container into office space. Once inside you would never realize the origins of the space. Mary

  4. Leonard Lorenc at 8:03 pm

    This has been done before in Ireland, ref: ‘Grand Designs’ Season 14 Episode 04 Patrick Bradley in County Derry, when he put two of these shipping containers together to construct a fabulous home…

  5. Pete Gibson at 7:24 pm

    I bet the vested interests in the building industry will have them legally declared “unfit for human habitation” or other such nonsense in order to protect their own profits….and to protect the antiquated (and expensive) methods they still use to construct dwellings.

  6. Clive at 2:28 pm

    How warm is it to live in? What’s the BER?

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