Yellow House is a Modern Take on Container Construction by Aguilo & Pedraza

The designers of this small home were tasked with creating a “beach house” that overlooked the town of Zapallar in Chile. It’s been rather accurately dubbed Yellow House.


The project, which came with its own challenges, was completed in 2016. The owners now have a unique retreat from which they can soak up the views of the town below and the sea beyond it.



Yellow House is composed of a series of containers, stacked three levels high in order to accommodate all the living spaces. The combined floor area of the containers amounts to 1,119-square-feet (104-square-meters). A local firm by the name of Aguilo & Pedraza Arquitectos were enlisted to tackle the build.



The house is set atop a sloped site, which drops away dramatically from the adjacent road. To provide immediate access, a series of metal footbridges link to the second and third floor of the home, as well as to the rooftop terrace.


Sometimes you’ll find container home projects aim to cover up and disguise the shipping containers used in their construction. In this case, it’s all on show, with each container being easily identified.


Looking at the front face of the building, more than half of it is made up of windows. The interior is flooded with natural light, while those large floor-to-ceiling windows provide amazing views of the word beyond them.


It’s not stated whether the containers used here were originally produced or used as shipping containers, however, their dimensions look non-standard, which would hint that they may been manufactured specifically for this project.


For more container homes check out this mountainside retreat from Australia. Or, ContainHotel, a small boutique hotel made from shipping containers. See all container homes.

Photos © Nico Saieh

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

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