Living in a Beautiful Shipping Container Home in the City

The Black Star is Toronto’s first shipping container home, designed and built by Carl and Ana. It’s a hybrid structure with three used shipping containers forming one half of the house, and the other half is a conventional build, but it’s floating above the restaurant that the couple own, using pillars to support it.

Our video about building homes with shipping containers:

This build turned out beautifully and we loved checking out the interior and exterior design. We also chatted quite a bit with Carl and Ana about the process of building this home, and the advantages and challenges of building a house using containers.

They say the biggest challenges were insulating the containers, connecting them to another structure, and finding a way to drop them between two buildings and from a narrow alley way.

To see more photos of the build, check out Carl’s website:

To find out more about Ana’s yoga classes, check out Beleza Yoga:

The Harlem Underground Restaurant:

The containers in this video were modified by Storstac:


Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle


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Music & Song Credits:
All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives.

Editing Credits:
Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives

Filming Credits:
Video filmed by Mat of Exploring Alternatives

Drone footage provided by Storstac:


Timelapse filmed by Susie Jaroszewska

Photos of the build provided by Carl and Ana: