Gallery: Holyoke Cabin is a Beautiful Shipping Container Home


Holyoke Cabin is an excellent example of an elegant, efficient use of shipping containers to create a cozy cabin off the grid. Two used shipping containers, obtained for $800 apiece, serve as the starting point for this quaint prefab residence located outside of Duluth, Minnesota.

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  1. maryj December 28, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    very clever and artistic use of two containers. it looks great – rather barnlike and set in a wide open space it doesn’t appear out of place. the middle space brings the two containers together as if it was always meant to be. i love it!

  2. dustintownsend May 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I love it! I agree, it would be great if they would include a floor plan.

  3. kristiantheconqueror May 6, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    It works, but it sure as hell ain’t elegant… I wish you inhabitat guys would look at structures objectively instead of fawning over every single piece of eco-design, no matter how heinous or poorly implemented it may be. If you’re looking for a good rule of thumb, I suggest the following: would you be happy waking up every morning, looking out your window and seeing the structure in question?

  4. johns May 6, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Beautiful? I don’t think so!

  5. brilang May 5, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    They should’ve at least cleaned up the rust, treated it, and painted it over before adding the rest of the structure. That’s going to be a problem down the road if not dealt with up front.

    It would also be nice if Inhabitat could post a floor plan and total square footage on posts like this.

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