Homebox 1 Portable Three Story Tiny House


Bed & Couch


Kitchen and Staircase from Loft



Homebox 1 Being Installed After Move


Kitchen with Simple Gravity Water System


Convertible Furniture & Sofa


Pull Out Dining Table and Front Porch


Floor Plan / Drawings


“In the size of an internationally standardized freight container a wooden container has been developed with different variants for residential uses. The box can be shipped around the world and placed with standard lifting and transport systems for containers.” (source)

This tiny house is designed to be movable so it can be placed just about anywhere as long as you can get to and from there. Another idea for these structures is to use them in groups to create permanent or temporary container villages.

So they can be used in disaster situations. But they can also be used to house students, workers and folks in desperate need of housing throughout the world.

The company decided to create a wooden container versus using recycled steel because of repair and maintenance reasons. When asked why a wooden container, here’s what the organization had to say, “Steel containers are used worldwide. But wear, repair and maintenance of steel materials are more costly (in terms of purchasing costs, welding, etc.) than for wooden materials.”

They continue by saying, “Wood structures can be repaired cheaper and easier.” In addition, “Living in a wooden home is healthier and more comfortable than one made of steel.”

What are your thoughts on this wooden container tiny house? Please share in the comments below.

Learn more about the Homebox 1 here and here. And you can visit the architect here.

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  1. A basic rectangle box house but it has potential for disaster relief housing. I am assuming they will also have this in a horizontal version for people that can not climb stairs ?

    Having a 3 story structure in high wind areas could be a nightmare and they need to get that tied down with buried hurricane ties IMO.


  2. My concern with it being a wooden structure, is termites and wood ants etc…A standard shipping container would be better for this

    1. Diatomaceous earth is an amazing barrier between the crawlies outside and everything inside. It is used extensively in new housing projects for cockroach ridden tenements on Vancouver’s East Side. The earth barrier should be sprayed on like insulation as the first layer of defence before insulation goes in.. That is what I’m doing!

  3. Straight up may take a lot less room in a particular area but the weather and mother nature could play havoc with this design. Personally I think the TH on wheels open floor plan sort of thing would be better. All come w a standard restroom area, kitchen design open to the dinning and living area sorta thing or slightly above depending on choice of loft or under kitchen floor bed design with a folding ramp for over storage stairs in case of wheelchair accessible needs. Then all the homeless could be helped not just the disaster ones but our daily families in need. For familes of more than five make the TH longer and add the drop down type of bunk beds. It’s an idea. God bless and Happy Trails!

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