Challenge Info


The Opportunity

An opportunity to go beyond the status quo is defined.


Every year, about 2 million shipping containers are no longer used. What if these could be upcycled into sustainable architecture to reduce the total carbon footprint of global development?

The Challenge

A challenge is then offered to the world. Architects, designers, engineers, inventors and innovators will form teams and submit their proposals.


GO BEYOND: shipping containers by upcycling them into modular habitats.

The Prize

One winning team will progress to the next stage where a full scale, working prototype will be constructed.


Prizes for this year's challenge:
Stage 1:

USD 5,000 Prize Money

Stage 2 :

Up to USD 15,000 for Prototyping

USD 10,000 upon completion of working Prototype

How to take the challenge


Challenge Timeline


Stage 1: Design


How can used shipping containers be upcycled into a modular habitat?
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1. Individual Habitat Units

Design the interior and exterior of 2 different Habitat Units using 2 Containers. Every unit should cater for 2 occupants with an attached bathroom.

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2. Combined Habitat Units

Combine 2 Containers in 3 combinations to create 3 more Habitat Units with double volume spaces. Design the interior, exterior and connection. Every unit should cater for 4 occupants with 1 attached bathroom.

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3. Detailing

Detail these 3 areas using Cross Sections:

  • D1: Waterproofing of Joint between 2 Containers.
  • D2: Insulation of walls
  • D3: Foundation
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4. Service Modules

Create Service Modules for:

  • Electricity generation (diesel & clean energy options),
  • HVAC for extreme hot and cold climates,
  • Water supply (water main & rainwater collection),
  • Sewerage disposal and treatment

Find the ratio of Service to Habitat Modules.

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5. Transportation & Assembly

Illustrate how 50 units of Modules can be:

  • Transported by sea and land.
  • Hoisted, assembled and secured.
  • Habitat and Engineering Modules connected.

List the Geographical Locations that CONHAB can function.