Shipping Container Church Buildings

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No matter your religious affiliation or denomination, you will be able to appreciate the innovation and distinctive aesthetic of these shipping container churches.

Transforming cargo containers into living spaces, office buildings and small business structures has become an eco-friendly and cost effective form of construction recently. The architecture movement continues to expand and improve and has even permeated into the realm of faith.



Award-Winning Church in Los Angeles

Architect Peter DeMaria of DeMaria Design incorporated shipping containers into the design of this East L.A. Four Square Church Parsonage’s new building. It was awarded the American Institute of Architects Design Award in 2009. The steel corrugated containers serve as the primary enclosure for classrooms, a teen center, a gathering hall, communal space and the pastor’s living quarters.


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Replacing a Fallen Cathedral in New Zealand

A deadly earthquake destroyed a beloved 19th century Gothic Revival stone cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2011. Comprised of four 20-foot-long shipping containers arranged end-to-end with 98 paper tube encased rafters, this structure was erected to replace the fallen church.


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  • Fireproof
  • Space defined
  • Resistant to the elements
  • Sturdy and strong
  • Portable
  • Stackable and customizable
  • Affordable long-term solution
  • Low maintenance


Transitioning from large stone churches and auditoriums to transportable community-friendly cargo containers is becoming more recognizably efficient. These building blocks can be used for just about anything – from activity centers to Sunday school space, recycled shipping containers allow for hybrid construction using a combination of innovative and traditional technologies.

Interested in what customizable options are available for your potential shipping container project? Contact our specialists at Saf-T-Box, and we will walk you through price, sizing, condition and any additional questions you may have.



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