Making Light has a link-filled post about shipping container architecture.
The post sparked some good comments. Randolph Fritz:
"Um, folks, don't let the coolness factor blind you to some real design problems.Liz D:
Which doesn't mean this is a Bad Idea. It means you've still got to do design, if you want a liveable result."
"I lived in a converted shipping container in 1982-1984, in California. It had some upsides (cheap) and some downsides. The biggest downside was the width -- a standard container's interior dimension is 7'8". My living quarters had interior drywall added, leaving an interior width of 88 inches.(Hat tip: Boing Boing)
Given the configuration of my space, I had to put the bed on the long wall, instead of across the short wall. I had a queen bed (75 inches wide) -- leaving only 15 inches of space between bed and wall.
The next episode of shipping-container architecture was at a friend's, who arrange 3 in a u-shape, with a covered patio between them. Much more satisfactory."