Malls Built Out of Shipping Containers Around the World

You can do a lot with a few shipping containers.

Shipping container houses, restaurants, pop-up spaces, and hotels have become extremely popular in the last two decades. It’s a great way to build a small, sustainable structure with low building expenses and an even lower carbon footprint.

Until recently, building grander structures with shipping containers would have been unthinkable. Now, with the proper resources and technology, however, you can build pretty much anything out of shipping containers. Today, we’re going to be talking about shipping container malls that have popped up around the world.

Whether it’s in Las Vegas or New Zealand, commercial developers all around the world are seeing the benefits of shipping container malls. Read more to learn about this incredible trend.

Common Ground – Soeul, SK

At the time of opening in 2015, Common Ground in Soeul had the distinction of being the world’s largest shipping container mall. In total, there are 200 shipping containers that make up the complex. It’s split into 4 areas – the market hall, market ground, terrace market, and street market – containing a mix of boutiques and restaurants in three stories. Common Ground is an impressive structure that has become an epicenter of culture in the heart of Soeul.

Boxpark – London, UK

The first Boxpark, in Shoreditch, is made up of 60 containers housing numerous international brands. It was the first pop-up mall of its kind and has since expanded to include two other locations; Croydon and Wembley. This mall has its origins in Roger Wade and his shop and fashion label Boxfresh, which dates back to 1999.

Downtown Container Park – Las Vegas, NV

Downtown Las Vegas has seen a revitalization due in part to things like the downtown container park. This one is an open air shopping center with a special focus on boutique shopping, unique dining, and the type of high-end entertainment that you can only get in Las Vegas.

Re:START – Christchurch, NZ

Re:START was a pop-up shipping container mall in the wake of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, which destroyed many of the buildings in its City Mall. Though it was always meant to be short-term, it was so beloved that it stayed open until 2018. Re:START is a testament to the power and potential of building shipping container malls.

stackt market – Toronto, ON

Downtown Toronto’s stackt market opened in 2019 to much fanfare. It’s a massive venue made up of 120 shipping containers that house everything from retail and dining establishments to experience and community spaces.

By celebrating the city’s diversity, stackt market has taken an unused space in the heart of downtown and turned it into one of the hotspots of the city.

Is Texas Next for Shipping Container Malls?

We’re already seeing shipping container malls pop up in other places, even in Texas. El Paso’s TI:ME at Montecillo is a smaller example, housing several bars, restaurants, and specialty shops.

If we’ve learned anything from the amazing malls we’ve discussed here, it’s that shipping container malls would thrive in most major cities. It’s easy to picture Dallas and Houston embracing the unique and exciting benefits of a shipping container malls. If you’re a Texan property developer, you should strongly consider what you could do with a few dozen shipping containers.

At Equipment Management Services, we deal in shipping containers for the Dallas and Houston areas. Whether you’re looking to build a house or erect a full-scale mall, we’re your one-stop shop for shipping containers and modifications.

5 Ways Repurposed Shipping Containers Help Grow a Business

Unfortunately, only about half of the nation’s small businesses make it past their 5-year mark.

It’s stressful owning a business, and it’s even more stressful finding ways to give yourself a boost. You’ve tried loyalty programs, improved employee training methods, and new product reveals. You might have even tried starting a business podcast.

Finding business boosts is hard, but there could be something you haven’t considered just yet. Have you tried using repurposed shipping containers? Yes, you heard that correctly.

It may sound crazy, but there are 5 major ways these containers can help grow your business. Keep reading below to be let in on this secret.

1. A Shipping Container Can Be Your New Office

We know it sounds a little bit crazy, but there are such things as shipping container offices. It’s the new office space that’ll help you save on rent. You won’t be shoveling out money to take up space in a large corporate building.

Scout out and secure a small piece of land to place your shipping container office. If your backyard is big enough, your problem is solved!

2. You Can Take Them With You

If you notice a better opportunity for your business a few states away from where you’re currently located, go there and take your shipping container office with you. Shipping containers are mobile. Even if you want to move further from a busy part of the city to a quiet part of town, you can do that with a mobile office made from shipping container(s).

3. They’re Customizable

Whether you’re setting up an office or transforming a few containers into an unconventional bar, you can easily buy and customize shipping containers in your local area. They don’t have to be dull or impractical once you are done fully customizing them.  Put in some large windows, air conditioning and skylights. Paint the inside, and add some graffiti on the outside!

4. They Offer Extra Storage Space

Not only do you have the room for a big desk, but you’ll also have some extra room to store any of your business or office supplies. It’s a dual-purpose space that’ll save you major money.

5. It’s Free Marketing

Many creative business owners across the US are turning repurposed shipping containers into small shopping spots and hip bars. Because of their creative ideas, they’re getting free marketing.

People will automatically be drawn to try out the ‘hip container bar’ in their town as opposed to going to the same bar they find themselves at every weekend. The idea of an unique shipping container experience can be refreshing.

Boost Your Business With Repurposed Shipping Containers

Repurposed shipping containers may not be the solution you anticipated, but it could be the solution you need. They save businesses money in many ways. These repurposed containers are mobile and allow you to save on rent by using them as an office. You’re also able to customize them and use them as a form of marketing to attract customers.

Are you looking to buy a shipping container for your business? Check out all our services, and contact us to get started.

3 Beautiful Ideas for a Shipping Container Hotel in Texas

Texas real estate is in the middle of a boom. People are flocking to live in the popular state by the hundreds of thousands. If you are looking to expand your real estate portfolio in Texas, maybe its time to consider some new options.

Have you thought about investing in a shipping container hotel?

Shipping container boutique hotels are on the upswing in popularity for those looking for a unique travel or staycation experience. Here are three beautiful ideas for constructing and designing a shipping container hotel in Texas.

Eco-Friendly to the Max

One of the greatest benefits of shipping container hotels is how naturally eco-friendly they are from the onset. They require very little energy, water usage, and electricity.

Shipping container floor plans are very minimal, which allows for low emissions. This is a great feature to advertise as well. People like to know they are staying in an environmentally friendly dwelling. One study found that 68 percent of travelers like to stay in eco-friendly hotels.

As you design your eco-friendly shipping container hotel, explore awesome green ideas on how to minimize the carbon footprint even further.

Glamping in Texas Style

If you are looking to build a hotel in Texas, take a step away from the bustling metropolis. Try to think about how to take advantage of the diverse and beautiful environment. There are so many winding rivers, plains, rolling hills, stunning lakes, and much more in Texas.

Shipping container hotels can be a creative way to allow people closer access to nature while still staying comfortable. Deck out a shipping container with glam features and touches that would make any stay feel luxurious even in the midst of nature.

These sorts of lux glamping touches include floor to ceiling windows, jet tubs, a wine refrigerator, cozy fabrics, and furnishings, and much more.

A Paradise for Artists

Whether you are targeting artists or those who simply appreciate the beauty of good art, shipping container hotels are perfect for the creative soul.

Texas cities like Houston and Dallas are full of culture, cuisine, and a thriving art scene. Take advantage of the natural wealth of artistic talent for your shipping container hotel. Commission local artists to design the exterior of the shipping container. Paint the walls, floor, and ceiling of the shipping container in bright colors and interesting geometric patterns. Incorporate structures and other art pieces into the design of the shipping container hotel.

Build Your Dream Shipping Container Hotel in Texas Today

Are you feeling inspired yet? There are endless opportunities for you to create an unforgettable travel experience in the Houston, Texas, and Dallas areas. Today is the day to capitalize on trends and open a shipping container hotel in Texas.

Reach out to our team here at Equipment Management Services. We are ready to get you more information on our new and used shipping containers. View our container gallery to help inspire your shipping container dream hotel ideas.

Secrets to Living Green in Your Shipping Container Tiny Home

A recent study found that more than half of Americans would consider living in a home smaller than 600 feet. The demand for tiny houses is rising and people want to spend less on housing.

Want to live green in this modern world? You can help reduce your carbon footprint by reusing a shipping container for your tiny house. Learn more about this eco-friendly living option and how you can make this a reality.

Planning Your Tiny House

Make sure you check with your state and county. Check to see if you need any special permits first.

After you get your permits, you can start deciding on the layout of your property. Determine your entry and exit points, where to add your septic tank and electric generator, and also start finalizing the general floorplan.

You can also consider adding multiple containers together for a little larger and longer space. Stacking containers, one on top of another, for added height is a possibility as well.

Creating an Eco-Friendly Home

As you start planning your structure, you will discover outher ways to make your shipping container home even more eco-friendly. For instance when you carve out your windows, add a low-emissions coating to them to help prevent heat loss. You can also add soft coating between the panels and inside the glass.

You can also consider having a living roof. While there is more maintenance, they are more eco-friendly than a traditional roof. Another alternative to a living roof is using solar tiles for more sustainability and energy efficiency.

Paper insulation is yet another greener option as you put your tiny container home together. Paper insulation is made from recycled cardboard, newspaper, and office paper. This insulation is sprayed in pellet forms in the walls and the attic. You will need to treat the paper insulation with boric acid, borax, or calcium carbonate because it is combustible. However, these materials are natural and are not known to cause health problems.

Finishing Touches

After you work out the design and layout of your container modification, you need to start thinking about the decor. For instant, what will you choose for the flooring and the overall colors inside the home.

Cork floors make for a more eco-friendly alternative to wood. They are becoming more popular because they are lightweight and recycled. They are also water-resistant, insulating, and hypoallergenic. Not only are the floors stylish, but they are also comfortable and a buoyant surface to help reduce achy joints.

As you start thinking about furniture, you may want to consider buying or building furniture that can be used for multiple purposes. For example, maybe your table folds up after you are done using it for more space, or your couch can turn into a storage area.

Outdoor Living

Now it’s time to think about the outdoor living space in your home. Believe it or not, aluminum decking is both a durable and sustainable material for your outdoor space. Aluminum does conduct heat, but it also disipates it rather quickly. Aluminum is water-resistant and stays cool in the summer. This material is lightweight and very green if sourced from recyclable aluminium scraps.

Ready to Start Living Green?

Deciding to build an eco-friendly tiny home is a big decision. Help make this decision more simple by using a shipping container. You won’t have to start from scratch to start living green, but you still have a blank slate to design your dream home.

Looking for a containers in the Houston and Dallas areas? Contact our team of experts today. Begin your journey to a more sustainable lifestyle!

A How-to Guide on Building a Shipping Container Workshop in Houston, TX

At least 85% of homebuyers in 2020 want ample garage space. They want a place to not only keep their vehicles, but to also store their gardening supplies, lawnmower, and sporting equipment.

Many people also want workshop space in the garage for woodworking, crafting, or working on home improvement projects.

The trouble is, a basic one-stall garage doesn’t offer enough room for a workspace. What’s a space-deprived homeowner to do? Enter the shipping container workshop. Read on to learn how to convert a storage container into a workshop, so you can add usable space to your home without breaking the bank.

Get a Building Permit

Before you start building your container workshop, check with your local municipality to see if you need a permit. The permit process can take weeks or sometime months, so it’s wise to start the process early.

You’ll also need to check the local building codes. This will tell you the maximum dimensions for your workshop and where you can put it on your property. Not getting a permit and ignoring building codes can cost you a lot of money down the road, so play by the rules and your future self will thank you.

Choose the Right Container Size

Most shipping container dimensions are 8 feet tall and 20 or 40 feet long. You can also find high cubes which are 9.5 feet tall. Containers also come in different lengths, but 20 and 40 feet are the most common.

To choose the right size, think about your workshop needs. Do you need tall ceilings to work on large oil paintings? Do you need a long workshop to accommodate your woodworking materials? Think about your workshop needs before you settle on a container size. Also remember that you can modify or combine several containers to suit your needs.

Install Windows, Electricity, and Insulation

Once you have your container, you can install windows and doors, wire for electricity, and put in insulation.

As you’re designing your workshop, think about how you plan to use the space. For example, if you’re going to run a lot of power tools at once, you’ll need to set aside more money for your electrical installation costs. If you live in a cold climate, you’ll need to invest in higher quality windows and a heating system.

Add a Workbench and Shelves

Once you’ve built-out the initial space, you can start designing your internal workspace and add some organization. While it’s important to have plenty of table and counter space to work, you will also need enough room to walk around.

You can also install shelves, cabinets, seating, and window blinds. All that’s left is to add your tools and supplies and enjoy your brand new workspace. You’ll have your own dedicated space to work and do your hobbies.

Start Your Shipping Container Workshop Today

A shipping container workshop is a great way to add usable workspace to your home. Plus, it costs a fraction of the price of brand new construction.

Whether you’re looking for new or used shipping containers, we can help. At EMS, we also offer custom shipping container modification services so we can handle the workshop conversion for you.

Contact us today to learn more or visit our Houston or Dallas locations.

What Are the Different Types of Container Sizes?

The modern shipping container has been around since 1955. Malcolm P. McLean’s company started using the same truck trailers to move goods on both the highway and the sea. 

While the concept hasn’t changed much since then, the design options of the containers have changed. Now, you can find shipping containers in an array of sizes and designs. 

The trouble is, there are so many configurations that it’s tough to know which one is right for your needs. Read on to learn about your options for container sizes as well as the different types of containers.  

Common Shipping Container Sizes

The majority of shipping containers are 8 feet wide, so the height and length is what really separates them. 

The standard height for containers is 8.5 feet. But, high cube containers, which are 9.5 feet tall, are also considered standard.

The most common lengths for shipping containers are 20 and 40 feet long, so these are considered standard sizes. In fact, cargo ships are measured in TEUs, or twenty-foot equivalent units. The 20-foot container is so common it’s considered the base unit of measurement.  

You can also get containers in different lengths like 8, 10, 30, 48, and 53 feet. You can also get modified containers built to your specific dimensions, so the possibilities are endless. 

If you plan to use your container for highway transportation, you need to check the laws for your region before you buy a shipping container

There’s actually no federal length limit for truck tractor semi trailers, but there is a minimum length requirement. The minimum length requirement is different in every state, and ranges from 48 to 59 feet.  

Types of Shipping Containers

Standard dry containers are the most common type since they can handle most goods and cargo. 

Insulated and refrigerated containers have insulation in their walls which is why they’re great for produce, dairy, or meat. These two types of containers are both insulated except refrigerated units have a condenser that lets you control the temperature.  

High cubes are great for lightweight cargo because you can store more without adding any length. They’re also great for home or office conversions since there’s more head room for insulation or lighting.

Tunnel and side open containers have different door placements for easier access to the cargo. Tunnel containers have doors at both ends and side open containers have doors on the long side of the trailer. 

Open top containers don’t have a metal top, but you can cover them with a tarp. If you need to store or transport tall items, open top containers can help. 

Purchase Your Shipping Container Today

With such a wide range of container sizes and types, there’s a shipping container for practically every need. 

Whether you need a shipping container to transport your products or you need one for storage, Equipment Management Services can help. We offer new, used, and custom containers to clients near our Houston/Dallas locations and also all across the country, if feasible. 

To learn more about the shipping containers we offer, contact us today. 

Bigger Isn’t Always Better: WHAT SIZE SHIPPING CONTAINER DO YOU NEED?

Shipping and storage containers come in all shapes and sizes for different uses and implementations.

For businesses, shipping containers can be used for their original purpose of shipping merchandise. And, they can be used for extra storage as either a solid part of your logistics mechanism or a short stop-gap until a warehouse is available.

However, depending on your needs, you’ll have to pick the right-sized shipping container in order to prevent wasting money on useless space or not having enough room to ship your merchandise all in one go.

Wondering how big is a shipping container needs to be? Keep on reading to learn all about the different sizes available on the market and what they’re most suitable for.

How Big Is a Shipping Container?

There are three main sizes available on the market. From 10-foot storage containers up to humongous 40-foot ones, each comes with their own special perks.

10-Foot Containers

These are the entry-level sized containers. 

Considered to be quite economic in size, these containers tend to be large enough for most residential buyers’ needs or for small businesses.

If you’re looking for extra storage space with a minimalist design, then a 10-foot container can work beautifully for you.

It can be used as a great portable storage solution, where you can put all excessive (but important) equipment out of sight.

However, you’ll have to keep an eye out for clutter or ill-used space, because every single foot counts here.

Moreover, if you’re planning on shipping a minimal amount of merchandise or you’re just starting, sticking with the 10-foot container can be cost-effective for your business. As it were, it keeps getting more expensive as we go bigger.

20-Foot Containers

This container size is the comfortable middle for many businesses. It follows the ideal of not-too-big and not-too-small for most companies’ needs. 

Same as the 10-foot storage containers, the sky is the limit in terms of usage. Whether you have storage in mind or straightforward shipping, a 20-foot container can be quite versatile.

A great way of using a 20-foot container is for the storage or shipment of vehicles. It can hold most residential vehicles as well as pickup trucks with no issues regarding space.

There are so many innovative business ideas for small shipping containers that can add immense value to your company.

40-Foot Containers

These containers are big enough to be looked at as portable storage warehouses, temporary office spaces or even school classrooms.

They are among the largest options available on the market. In addition to the tremendous amount of space for shipping huge equipment, they can be customized according to your preferred specifications.

For example, they can be set up to be full-side open units, which are perfect for materials and products that are fragile or sensitive in nature.They can be set up to be climate-controlled and refrigerated.

Ready to Get Your Container Game On?

Now you know all about how big a shipping container needs to be to suit your business. For even more details check out this article which outlines buying containers for sale in Houston.

Want even more information? Check out our resources section for the latest container tips and advice.

Sea Your Shipment Through: A Complete Guide to Ocean Shipping Containers

Thanks to shipping containers, international trade is made infinitely easier. Here in Texas, there are 29 ports of entry that are helping to generate $650 billion in trade each year. The port here in Houston is the nerve center to one of the nation’s busiest waterways. This one port alone handles so much tonnage of cargo shipped by ocean freight that it ranks 15th in the country.

None of this would be possible though without the use of sea containers. We’ve put together the definitive guide on these containers that are so essential.

Types of Sea Containers

There are 8 different styles of containers that are used for ocean shipping. The one you choose will depend on what your cargo is.

Standard Container

These containers are completely enclosed on all sides. At one of the short ends, there are two large doors. There are two standard sizes, a 20 foot and a 40-foot length. These containers work well for any dry cargo. Anything that is in boxes, bags, or on pallets work well in these containers.

Hardtop Container

A hardtop container is almost identical to a standard container. The main difference is that the top is designed to be removable. This is extremely helpful for when you have heavy cargo you need to load. A crane can lift the cargo up, over, and in. These containers also come in 20 and 40-foot lengths.

Open Top Container

Think of a standard container and take the top off. These containers will typically have a tarpaulin roof. Then the door frame will disconnect and swing out. These containers work well for items that need to be dropped into a container. But they may not be the best choice for over-sized items that interfere with the stabilizer bars.

Ventilated Container

Some cargo requires ventilation, that is where these containers come in. They look exactly like a standard container, except they have openings at the top and bottom. This allows for air to flow.

Insulated Container

Insulated containers are a standard container with Polyurethane foam on the walls. This helps maintain the temperature inside the container. You may also find that there is a “clip on” unit for ventilating. If your cargo needs to be kept at a constant temperature then this is a smart choice.

Reefer Container

If you need more serious temperature control or refrigeration then you need to consider a reefer. These are refrigerated containers. Just like the insulated version, their walls are lined with Polyurethane foam. The difference is that they have powerful compressors built in. This will keep the internal temperature at or below freezing.  If your cargo is temperature sensitive such as produce or white wine, then regulation of the container environment is vital to maintaining product quality.

Platform Container

If all you need is a base then a platform container is the way to go. They are typically a steel frame with wood flooring. Over-sized cargo works best when transported on platform containers. You just need to ensure that anything you transport is secured to the platform.

Flat Rack Container

These containers are kind of like a very large pallet. There is no ceiling or walls on the long sides. The walls on the short ends are collapsible. They also typically have a wood floor. If you need to ship bulky or over-sides cargo then you need a flat rack. If you pack them correctly, you can have them stacked on top of each other.

Ocean Container Construction

Any sea shipping container that is worth its salt will be made of steel. It’s strong enough for stacking many containers on top of each other. It also is corrosion resistant which is vital for the harsh salt air. That durability also makes them a great building material for a home or office. Their structural design of beams and sheets of metal give them the internal strength to withstand the weather elements here in Texas and across the country.

Sea Containers vs. Storage Containers

If you intend to use your containers for shipping overseas then you need to make sure they are ISO certified seaworthy. There should be a plate on the container that states its approval for transport. Buy the wrong type of container and your shipment will get rejected at the port. This will cause you to incur all kinds of extra fees.

Containers that are intended only for storage are not of the same quality and durability. These containers are only made to be watertight.

You will also find that storage containers are modified to fit their intended purpose. They can be cut to any length, have the doors moved, or add extra doors.

Ocean Containers for Building Construction

Steel containers may be durable, but they have a useful lifespan. Often times they are retired at ports where there tend to be more imports than exports.

Ports in the west are an example of this. The ports here in Texas handle 22 percent of all US port tonnage. So there are a lot of containers coming through.

If you are looking for a discount, you may be able to find a used shipping container to incorporate into your building. Just know that these containers will have wear and tear to them.

Purchase an Ocean Container Today

If you are in need of a container for your cargo the first thing you need to think about is what special needs your cargo has. Take into consideration if it is especially heavy or large. Also, think about if it needs temperature control of some sort.

If you are looking to build with your sea containers you may not need to go all out with a certified one. Or you could look for one that is no longer used in ocean freight.

Whatever your container needs, the best thing to do is speak to an expert. They can help you select the right container.

Contact us today and we can help you find the right sea contai

Get Packing: A Rough Guide to Renting Shipping Containers for Moving in Texas

Did you know that roughly 35.5 million Americans move each year? Some move for a job, retirement, or just for a change of scenery. If you’re looking to save money on your move in Houston, consider using moving containers. Using shipping containers for moving has many conveniences. So read on to find out what those are!

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5 Reasons to Buy Your Shipping Containers in Bulk

In 2017 more than 1.8 billion metric tons of goods were transported in shipping containers. Which means that there are literally millions of shipping containers being used every year.

If you need to buy cheap shipping containers for your business, there are some key benefits of buying them in bulk rather than individually.

We take a look at 5 of the biggest reasons why you should buy shipping containers in bulk.

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