Container Vacation House Competition

[SYDNEY] Container Vacation House Competition

Seyam Architects and Ahmad Zeyad Atelier



Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia. It is located in south-east coast on the Tasman Sea. The greater metropolitan area had an approximate population of 4.6 million people.

Containers were originally conceived as vessels for transporting goods, but are also used as spacial modules in Architecture. The word “contain” comes from Latin word “continere” meaning to hold together, to surround or to store.

A container is a vessel that surrounds a usable volume of space and thus defines the spacial boundary between interior and exterior. And as a walk-in box with useful spacial dimensions, the container fulfills the prerequisites for use as a spacial module.



Brief: The spectacular cliff tops, glorious beaches and crisp salty air have been known to inspire, relax and delight travelers from across the globe from Bondi beach to Bronte.

After a careful analysis of the Walk we became interested in Marks Park location and its relation to our site (visually), this park is directly connected to (Hunters Park) that displays sculptures and multiple installations.

Our design serves as an ending point to the Walk and reflects an artistic sense in its image, it’s an installation




The aim of this International Competition is to design a Container Vacation House overlooking the Bondi Beach waterfront in Sydney using used freight container. This competition hopes to achieve the following:

  • _Encourage and reward design excellence at a small scale which integrates function, structure, de-tails and the spirit of waterfront home.
  • _Research and investigate the various combination possibilities for freight container units to meet the specified program.
  • _Generate the discussion and ideas about the reuse of freight container modules and encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.




Project info:
Seyam Architects + Ahmad Zeyad Atelier
Design team: Ahmad Zeyad, Ahmad Seyam, Reem Thawabeh, Zeina Althawabteh
Location: Sydney-Australia
Category: Residential
Site Area: 1500 m2
Built Area: 250 m2
Design date: 2013

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