Retro River Rest 2019

Retro River Rest
Warrnambool VIC 3280
12pm - 4pm
House Open Style
Open House – No booking required
Entry fee or Donation
Gold coin
Donations supporting
Warrnambool Environmental Action Group
Housing Type
Holiday Rental/Hotel Accommodation
Project Type
New Build
Atlas building design
House Size
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms
Open with support of
Warrnambool Environmental Action Group

This amazing house is made from shipping containers, with the owners being lovers of recycling. Shipping containers is not only a great way to recycle but it also reduced the amount of construction waste on site.

‘I get disturbed by the amount of waste we humans produce and I often find love in many old things. Creating and designing Retro River Rest was something I have thoroughly enjoyed doing. Putting time into cleaning old pieces of furniture is something I enjoy and thinking outside the box was exciting.’

In addition to the shipping containers there are also recycled cabinets, light fixtures and sinks. Shopping at op shops and second hand stores to find unusual and interesting pieces to decorate this home has given the home a very unique character and given a second lease of life to items otherwise going to landfill.

Due to this house being made out of shipping containers, this home has been heavily insulated on the ceiling, walls and floor and external openings are sealed to keep this home comfortable in both summer and winter.

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Designed by Atlas Building Design

Join the Warrnambool Environmental Action Group SHD Bus Tour to see this and 3 other properties on the day

Open with the support


Years Open
Universal design accessability
Adaptive design
BAL Rating
BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
Roofing materials
Metal (Colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Lightweight construction (timber frame)
Shipping container
Window and door types
Clerestory windows
Double glazing
Double hung
Sliding windows/doors
Window and door shading
Recycled and reused
Kitchen cabinets
Light fixtures
Shipping container
Mirrors, bread crates to fill sub-floor, all furniture sourced from op shops
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R5
Insulation - External walls
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R2.5
Insulation - Internal walls
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R2.5
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Bulk - polystyrene board
Rating: R3.5
Healthy home
Airtight house design
Cross flow ventilation
Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
Natural light and ventilation
All electric home
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Passive solar designed home
Active heating cooling
Split system airconditioner
electric fireplace
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting