Enthusiastic up-cyclers are leading the way in alternative architecture and design by recycling used shipping containers as homes and offices, but if you’re not quite ready to live in a shipping container, have you thought about swimming in one? These versatile containers can also be converted into swimming pools at a fraction of the price of a traditional pool.
A traditional swimming pool can cost anywhere from $6000 for an above ground pool to $50,000 for a fully automated in-ground pool, not to mention excavation and decking costs. A used shipping container can be sourced for around $2000 and converted into an above or below-ground pool measuring 6m or 12m long and 2.4m wide. The shipping container will need to be modified to remove the roof, but this provides flexibility with the depth of the pool, allowing for a shallow wading pool or a deeper lap pool up to 2.5m deep. It’s up to you!
Shipping container swimming pools can be made water-proof through a number of methods such as lining the interior with a water-proof lining or welding and painting the interior. Regular pool filters, pumps and fixtures can be fitted to the container as well. We suggest speaking with your local pool store for suggestions.
Shipping Container Swimming Pools in the Real World
Tommy Hilfiger Denim – Bread and Butter Fashion Trade Show
This fashion trade show embraced the re-use of shipping containers in a big way, turning heads not only in the world of fashion, but also in the world of cargotecture. The swimming pool, constructed out of modified shipping containers, displays glass panelling and stylish wooden trimming, complimenting the overall industrial yet contemporary look of the show.
The Containerpool was cleverly designed as a portable pool for events and is almost entirely self sufficient. It includes a filtration system, locker room, electrical connections, and it even monitors and controls pH and chlorine levels. The container has been lined with a 1.5mm reinforced swimming pool liner and features three portholes along each side of the pool. For safety, anti-slip floor mats are used and railings surround the platform.
Container City Pool
A shipping container pool in Container City, London, invites locals to take a dip. Unlike the Tommy Hilfiger Denim pool and Nagel Containerpool, this pool has been designed to appear as though it’s in-ground.
Keeping in the spirit of up-cycling, US company Macro-Sea caused quite a stir in Brooklyn when they used dumpsters as swimming pools at a party. The company’s president, David Belt, says that the project was created to experiment with underused space and materials, repurposing them with urban renewal in mind. Not unlike shipping containers, dumpsters are everywhere in the US, and many sit unused.
The dumpsters were cleaned, the bottoms filled with sand for padding, and then they were lined with plastic and fitted with a filtration system, just like on a regular above-ground pool. The main cost was the wooden decking and the water delivery.
Experimenting further with this idea, Macro-Sea got involved with New York’s Summer Streets Program by supplying three dumpster pools for the public to enjoy.
Projects similar to Macro-Sea’s could be easily duplicated using refurbished shipping containers instead of dumpsters as shipping containers are also relatively inexpensive and easy to transport.
A little closer to home, last year’s Tough Mudder on the Sunshine Coast used shipping containers for its infamous ice water bath obstacle, testing the strength of competitors and containers alike as thousands battled through the freezing water-filled shipping containers.
Whether you’re looking to build a shipping container swimming pool for your own backyard or for an event, speak with the shipping container professionals at Premier Box Shipping Containers. They can supply you with a used shipping container and speak to you about modifications and refurbishment options. Premier Box also offers immediate delivery to most areas in Australia! Request a quote online now or call 07 3888 3011.