Shipping Containers – Design Challenge 2016

Submission: June 30, 2016
Registration: June 30, 2016
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Stage 1 – Winner 5,000 USD, Stage 2 – plus 10,000 USD
Type: Open


The Go Beyond: Design Challenge is unique from usual design competitions because it funds the construction of a working prototype in addition to offering prize money. This is an international design competition organized by the Singapore-based Ong Foundation for architects, engineers, designers and innovators to create new-to-the-world solutions.

A challenge is then offered to the world. Architects, designers, engineers, inventors and innovators will form teams and submit their proposals. One winning team will progress to the next stage where a full scale, working prototype will be constructed.

Every year, about two 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? How can used shipping containers be upcycled into a modular habitat? Everyone submission should contain information about the 5 aspects:

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.

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.


Detail these 3 areas using Cross Sections:

D1: Waterproofing of Joint between 2 Containers.

D2: Insulation of walls

D3: Foundation

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.

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.


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

Go to the competition’s website