Shortly after I wrote my latest piece on shipping container construction there was also an article on Treehugger by Lloyd Alter titled “Shipping Containers Being Used Everywhere for Everything.”

One quote I especially like: “Shipping containers are monocoque construction and get much of their strength from the corrugated steel walls. Take those away and you have to do a lot of reinforcement.

If you cut too many holes in a shipping container, or if you stack them unusually or if you turn them in unusual ways, you can end up having to do a lot of structural gymnastics and eliminating the structural benefits of the container. At that point, you’re just playing with the aesthetic of the container, rather than using it as a functional material. That’s not the kind of thing that I’m interested in, though.