Casa Cúbica: Contemporary Shipping Container Cabin with Roof Deck

Posted on Apr 02, 2014 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Small House Bliss

Cúbica is a company in Costa Rica that specializes in alternative construction, based on repurposed shipping containers. They have built residential, commercial, and institutional projects from cast-off containers. Cúbica cites lower cost, short delivery times, earthquake resistance and low maintenance as a few of the advantages of using containers.


One of their flagship designs, the Casa Cúbica, is a compact dwelling built from a 20-foot shipping container. A 20-foot container has just 160 ft2 of space, but Cúbica stretches that out with a short extension at one end, as well as pushing the front glass area outwards, and creating a unique space on the roof deck.

The back wall of the living space is lined with cabinetry, containing the kitchenette, closets, and a Murphy bed. The extension provides a space for built-in bunk beds, while the bathroom is at the opposite end. The bathroom has a separate compartment housing the toilet and a stacked washer and dryer.

Two sets of sliding patio doors open the space to the deck. The shower also has direct access to the outdoors. A ship’s ladder leads up to a second deck on the roof. The glass doors can be protected by a roll-down security shutter, which is otherwise concealed within a box at roof level that also serves as a bench for the roof deck.

Besides providing entertainment space, the roof deck also helps to keep the dwelling cool by blocking sunlight from hitting the metal container directly. Likewise, the corrugated metal siding was chosen to reflect heat away and is installed with an air gap behind it for ventilation.

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