Shipping containers have been upcycled into housing, offices and even a cafe. Now the versatile shipping container is diving into the world of backyard pools.
container pools have given many wannabe pool owners a slice of the action
thanks to their cut-price affordability.
While concrete pools can cost up to $100,000 and
fibreglass pools around $50,000, these unconventional pools start at just
$25,000 (Australian prices 2019).The
popularity of the upcycled containers is also soaring because they can be
installed on sloping sites – a feat previously only achievable for those with
lots of cash to splash.
Property investor Paul Absalom says he spent one third of what
he would have spent on a custom concrete pool by choosing a shipping container
people see it, everyone thinks it’s really cool and that’s not just because
it’s a nice pool with nice views, but because of how it’s done,” he says.
of the upcycled containers is also soaring because they can be installed on
sloping sites. “The
structure to build all the foundations and getting enough concrete in there to
support the pool would have been a huge and costly project,” he says.
brilliant solution on every front, in terms of its functionality, its cost and
the way it looks.”
containers have been an experimental tool for architects and artists alike.
simplicity, strength and stack-ability makes them a ready-made solution for
everything to backyard home offices to multi-level apartment complexes.In
Taiwan, the country’s first Starbucks is constructed of 29 containers
piled in a grid-like formation.
The modifiable nature of shipping containers is becoming more important to environmentally-conscious consumers. Excerpts of the story that appeared in Financial Review