Container casa dorms stack up in Vietnam

Vietnam’s popular resort town Nha Trang is home to a colourful new hostel, housed in an eye-catching stack of recycled shipping containers. Completed by local studio TAK Architects in 2016, Ccasa hostel is a hip holiday haven for budget travellers and architecture enthusiasts alike.

Minutes from the coast, the container hostel comprises three stories of compact sleeping quarters, separate bathroom compartments and a large, airy common area where weary backpackers can dine, relax and mingle.

Three converted shipping containers – brightly painted in red, yellow and blue – house the hostel’s sleeping quarters. The layout of each container is different, offering a variety of bedding options, from bunk bed dorms to family-style rooms. The dormitory sleepers are inspired by train cabin interiors, with privacy curtains around each bed and reading lights, power plugs and individual lockers built in.

Kitchen facilities are located on the ground floor, between the entrance and the stacked containers. A separate three-storey bathroom block is built next to the shipping containers.

Open metal bridges and staircases connect the primary-coloured lodgings. Given Nha Trang’s humid, tropical climate, the architects opted for natural ventilation and open-air design wherever possible. A pergola with climbing plants wraps around the building to help create a cooling micro-climate.

Ccasa hostel is designed with affordable comfort in mind. Oversize hammocks are built into the structural design and an accessible terrace roof offers impressive city views. Tourists can’t help but make themselves at home in this nifty container casa.CCasaHostel_002 CCasaHostel_003 CCasaHostel_004 CCasaHostel_005 CCasaHostel_006 CCasaHostel_007CCasaHostel_008CcasaHostel_009