Design Architecture Casa Cúbica Turns Shipping Container Into Vacation Villa By Lloyd Alter Design Editor University of Toronto Lloyd Alter is Design Editor for Treehugger and teaches Sustainable Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Lloyd Alter Updated October 11, 2018 ©. Cubica Share Twitter Pinterest Email Design Tiny Homes Architecture Interior Design Green Design Urban Design Shipping containers are designed for freight, not people, and it can be a challenge, trying to squeeze a house into them. The designers atCosta Rica's Cúbica have built some interesting shipping container houses, including this clever unit. © Cubica They keep the sun off the container (and maximise the interior space) by cladding it in metal siding, with an air space behind. Similarly the roof deck keeps the sun from hitting the container directly. A bump-out extension is added at one end to provide space for two bunks, as well as add a little visual variety. The sun shade folds down to seal up the unit for security. © Cubica Inside, the Murphy bed is hidden behind the fold-down dining room table. © Cubica Here's a view with the bed folded down. © Cubica I usually complain that shipping containers are too narrow and tight to make decent living spaces, but Cúbica have done a really good job of squeezing everything in here, including a full laundry, a workable kitchen and a bright bathroom, thanks to that shower with an exterior door. More at Cubica, via Dornob and Small House Bliss. © The Lotus House at Casa Metta You can rent it too.