The shipping container house that was built in three days over the weekend

The unit, which will hopefully be donated to a family in Cork, has now been completed.

IRELAND’S FIRST SHIPPING container home has been completed – with building taking just three days.

The house was finished over the weekend 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.

Finished product 

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: 

container before

Into something that now looks like this: 

house now 2 RIPPLE RIPPLE

house now 3 RIPPLE RIPPLE


new container now RIPPLE RIPPLE

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.

Read: A homeless family will be housed in this shipping container in time for Christmas

Also: A quarter of rental tenants in Ireland are afraid they’ll lose their home

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