CASA CONTÊINER by Marilia Pellegrini Arquitetura

How is possible to transform shipping containers into a modern and functional house

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Marilia Pellegrini事务所在2019年圣保罗Casacor展览上推出了“集装箱住宅”(CASA CONTÊINER),展示了如何将运输用的集装箱转变为现代且实用的居住空间。

Architect Marilia Pellegrini presents the CASA CONTÊINER ( The container house) at the 2019 Casacor exhibition in São Paulo,  showing how is possible to transform shipping containers into a modern and functional house.

▼项目概览,project overview


The concept of this type of project is based on the sustainability and reuse of materials. The time-frame for elaboration and execution of this model of construction is infinitely smaller, cleaner, faster, dry and with 100% reuse. Despite the many advantages, there is still a certain mistrust created, motivated especially by the popularization of industrial and simple finishes for this type of building, creating cold and impersonal environments due to the physical final aspects of construction. Her first mission was to prove the opposite.

▼住宅由两个尺寸为40英尺的集装箱并置而成,the house was made from two 40 feet containers attached along side to side

▼外观细部,exterior partial view


The 60 square meter house was made from two 40 feet containers attached along side to side and has a living, kitchen and laundry integrated, in addition to an ensuite with a comfortable bathroom. The spaces were taken by shades of white that has a protagonist role in the function of expanding the space and composing the minimalist climate with impeccable finish so that the container itself and all its industrial and corrugated structure would be imperceptible to the eyes. The Japanese atmosphere of space rationalization and intelligent design is present in the concept evoked by Kenya Hara (creative director of MUJI) in his “design of emptiness” that was a great inspiration to the architect. Within this logic, pieces of the acclaimed designer Oki Sato of Studio Nendo are present.

▼室内空间以白色为基调,the spaces were taken by shades of white

▼起居空间,living space

▼厨房和餐厅,kitchen and dining room




To coat the external facade for floors and brises-soleil the architect chose Cosentino’s ultra-compact Dekton surface. These materials, which reproduce the noble appearance of the marbles,has properties of high resistance to sun rays, scratches, stains, abrasion and were the architect’s choice in this project because they can coat the container internally and externally giving a unified finish with sophistication and in this way it is not possible to say that the house was made from containers.

▼Dekton超密集饰面材料实现了精致细腻的整体效果,the use of the ultra-compact Dekton surface gave a unified finish with sophistication


The choice of the container was guided by the needs of the contemporary world: “I thought the concept of the house could work very well, for example, as a pavilion for guests on a plot of an existing house. A minimalist design that competes with no style, not even with nature. ”

▼室内细部,interior detailed view



The container house also has an external area of ​​90sqm with green area, fruit tree and a bench sculpted in Brazilian granite designed by the architect, mounted “in loco” with 204 identical stone plates forming a spiral.

▼庭院的雕塑长椅,external area with a bench sculpted in granite

▼室外概览,exterior view

▼镂空墙面细部,facade detail

▼场地平面图,site plan




Marilia Pellegrini Arquitetura
Instagram: @mariliapellegrini
Project Year: 2019
Area: 60m²
Location: São Paulo – SP – Brasil
Photographs: Ruy Teixeira
Instagram: @ruy_teixeira
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Vide credit: Augusto Custodio

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