Gallery: Stunning Shipping Container City Springs up in Mexico


This hip, colorfully painted shipping container city recently sprung up just outside of Mexico City. Created by a small community of businesses, the project features restaurants, gallery space, bars, funky stores and even living spaces constructed completely out of recycled shipping containers.

Container City is located about two hours outside of Mexico City in Cholula, and is comprised of about 50 standard shipping containers. The developers took 4500 sq meters (48,500sq.ft) of space and plopped down the containers, stacking them to create courtyards, alleys and streets. The containers were then painted bright colors and outfitted with lighting, kitchens, dining areas and more. There is even an open public area with ping pong tables where people can go and hang out.

The city consists of restaurants, juice bars, normal bars, funky little shops, bookstores, art galleries as well as a few residential apartments. There’s plenty of outdoor space to sit around and hang out and there are events and bands scheduled all the time. Container City is open Monday thru Saturday from 10am-8pm and Sundays from 11am-6pm.

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  1. angela borges December 2, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I just learned about it last week. Very interesting, isn’t it? Specially in areas where housing is extremely needed, due poverty, natural disaster, etc. It’s AMAZING!!!!!

  2. ShelterKraft November 3, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    @kellyc: The containers actually exceed most US building codes for structure, fire, earthquake and hurricane when properly installed. It usually comes down to an aesthetic call on the part of the local zoning commission. When a project is done as well as this it will usually work.

  3. kellyc August 13, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Container City is a very interesting architectural project that meets several needs. I wonder if such an installation would meet code in the US.

  4. Tracey August 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    who made these chairs?

  5. kleanthis July 27, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Well Chris.. I am no engineer but the solution i found for my container that was down and dirty . I planted ivy that crawled yp on the side and covered the container for good. In the summer the leaves provided much needed shade and a buffer zone to discharge heat, and in winter the leaves would drop and allow the sun to worm it up. Only downside is the time it took to grow and the caring for it 😀

  6. MONICA SOTO May 1, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Yesterday I was there! I’m Mexican, and I worry about to create these kind of “cities”. First, Cholula is very far to the sea… to recycled those containers had to travel a lot of kilometers… What happen with the pollution? And, asked to the people and nobody knows what kind of materials the containers transport before. I asked because we don’t know if is secure to live there, to cook and everything.

    All of the locals are a bars with a lot of plastic stuff. What Kind of recycling is that? I think that is only a Fashion Place not a solution to be “GREEN”.

  7. Chris Watkins January 25, 2010 at 3:03 am

    It’s beautiful (which I like) and pragmatic (which I like, but then I’m an engineer). How does it handle the heat? Have they added insulation, or added some kind of shade or layer immediately above the roof? That would make a huge difference in comfort.

  8. Katu January 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Wow, this site is visually stunning …!
    Gorgeous images, and inspiring content. I also appreciate the over-all design.
    Thank you!

  9. senorpescado January 23, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    great concept, muy bueno concepto,
    un idea para nos aqui en El Salvador
    Buena ‘onda, gracias para los fotos

  10. greenrainbow January 22, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Wow! This is really beautiful. I want to go visit it!

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