Gallery: Stacked Shipping Containers Create Smart Green Homes in Malays...

What do you get when you take six shipping containers, stack them, add a shed roof and a new rain screen exterior? You get a simple, yet effective, smart green home. Designed by Anand Bungalows, a design/build firm in Malaysia, this awesome shipping container home includes rainwater harvesting, natural ventilation, plus energy and water efficient design.

Designer Ken Kwok leads the firm Anand Bungalows, and has a wealth of experience in residential design having built hundreds of homes in and around Malaysia. This recycled container house is located in Bukit Tinggi, Pahang and consists of six, stacked containers – four of which are oriented north and south and two oriented east and west. The four containers are stacked to create a two-story volume with the doors oriented to the north to form partial enclosures for the balconies and windows. In between the container volumes, a double height atrium was constructed allowing for proper ventilation - hot air rises and the windows on opposing sides encourage cross ventilation.

Built on a concrete pier foundation, the home has a light footprint on the surrounding land. The large shed roofs keep sun off the containers and minimize heat gain, while directing rainwater into a large cistern underneath the house. Grey water is recycled and used along with the rainwater in the gardens. Moreover, low flow water fixtures, energy-efficient appliances and natural daylighting help reduce the footprint of the home even further.

+ Anand Bungalows

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  1. chansiewchin April 7, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Would love to build one but my concern will be on the authority in Malaysia on the approval?
    Please let me know on all the details accordingly

  2. Wayne Mudin March 23, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Please email me on the details to or

  3. Wayne Mudin March 23, 2014 at 11:05 am

    This Home is Amazing and I would like to build one, what are the cost and Malaysian approval in Housing for building Cargo Shipping Based Containers??

    Thank You, Wayne.

  4. makwa86 December 22, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I would like to have more detail of design and cost to construct container home with 2 bedroom + 1 Bathroom + 1 Kitchen and 1 storage room. appreciate to email me the website and inquiry email to

  5. David Keoh December 20, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Hi, Great Design…. How about local authority Approval(Malaysia)? Please share more about this… do we need to worry about lighning strike? My email is

  6. dhani1234 February 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    pls tell me the cost and design of the banglow and any other design that u have.e-mail me

  7. adzrazi6313 August 31, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    I would like to have more detail of design and cost to construct container home with 4 bedroom + 3 Bathroom + 1 Kitchen and 1 storage room. appreciate to email me the website and inquiry email to

  8. landasan April 8, 2011 at 4:20 am

    Innovative idea, nice design and this is one of the solution for current building methods. Looking forward to see more in Asian Countries on Shipping Container Home.

  9. JIM2 April 8, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Amazing and Innovative!

  10. Gbox March 31, 2011 at 12:45 am

    The effort of the designer can be seen in the design and he cleverly created a double volume space between 40′ footers and 20′ footers. Thank you for the video clips that tells a lot!

  11. sukiroh January 5, 2011 at 2:57 am

    AWesome!Would like to build one soon!

  12. Holcim Awards December 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    A great design using recycled materials. At some point the shipping container concept isn’t going to be noteworthy though. There are tons of similar projects happening all over the world. The additional sustainable features in this project is what sets it apart. It would be an ideal submission to the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction.

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