When you’re in the business of designing cutting-edge habitats for people and companies, it makes sense for your own headquarters to reflect your vision, innovation and capability.

Japanese architecture firm Daiken-Met obviously had this in mind when they set up shop in this head-turning shipping container office in 2011 in the heart of Japan.

The modular three-storey structure is made from seven 20-foot repurposed shipping containers, all slotted into a steel framework, which gives the Meccano-like structure extra support.


The structure’s crude industrial exterior belies a slick, contemporary interior.

Located in Gifu, the shipping container office comprises space for the firm’s studio along with a storage system and housing space on the penthouse level.

Storage systems were created with used plywood or packing bands found on construction sites.


This shipping container office design is the perfect antidote for the difficulties associated with making rental contracts for small-scale structures in Japan.

Daiken-Met obtained a short-term contract by proposing a temporary structure that does not require construction below street level.

Mobility is a key feature of the ‘Sugoroku’ shipping container office.

The structural steel grid framework is easy to assemble and, when the lease expires, the structure can be easily disassembled and reconstructed elsewhere, giving Daiken-Met Architects the freedom to move, expand and evolve.