It turns out, the answer to this question is not so simple. Since the shipping container has been around since the 1950’s (learn more about the history of shipping containers on our last blog post), there have been many other creative uses of the shipping container documented in the last 60 years!
Who was the visionary that first saw the humble shipping container, and thought, “Hey, that could make a great home”? Well, we aren’t completely sure, but if we look at public records, the first sign of shipping container homes can be pinpointed to Philip C. Clark, who filed for a US patent for his “method for converting one or more steel shipping containers into a habitable building” in 1987. Although, this was the first public patent for the purpose of a “habitable” building, we can see other patents and movie cameos of shipping container architecture dating back to the 1960’s.
Since this patent, there have been many creative uses for the shipping container:
Innovation in the way of shipping architecture is just getting started! What are some other interesting ways we can use shipping containers to revolutionize our lives? Leave your ideas in the comments!