What Do You Think Of This Amazing Swimming Pool Made Out Of A Shipping Container?

Pierre Van Zyl

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It doesn’t really bother me, but I’ve never actually dipped into a public swimming pool before. I may hang out at the bar or in the shade, but never in the pool. I’m a self-acclaimed level-10 germophobe. Whereas public pools could be fun and refreshing, overthinkers like me would think “pool” and follow it up with “disgusting”. I don’t fancy the idea of cooling off in other people’s excreta (urine, sweat, spits, farts, and several other bodily fluids). It’s only plain awful to think about. 

However, if you decide to get your own pool at home, you’d spend a fortune on excavation, plastering, tiling, installation, and accessorizing. After those, you may then proceed to worry about the costs of refreshing and maintaining an in-ground pool. Stock tank pools and other versions of raised pools are great ideas as well, but how many of them are as classy as aquarium-style pools?

Your front-yard show-glass pool

Modpools, a Canada-based pool manufacturer has brought a little bit of elegant creativity into the above-ground pool idea. Shipping containers are literally the last thing anyone would imagine a pool would be made out of, but in reality, the design is amazing. 

Modpools recently patented a high-tech, economical swimming pool from shipping containers fitted with a thick window on one side, giving it the appearance of a large fish tank when viewed from the glass-corner [1]. The pools can cost anything from $16,500 to $40,000 for pool sizes of 12, 20 and 40 feet. You can drop down into your very own clean, urine-free pool and have a wonderful view of everything happening around you, that Ariel-the-Mermaid feeling…


The pools are designed with LED lights and strong cartridge filter systems to keep the water fresh and clean. Excluding the 12-foot pool, the others come with a 400,000 BTU heater and hot tub divider wall. The divider is a “light-weight, honeycomb acrylic wall”, as described on the company’s website. This way, you can demarcate the pool into two sections if someone wants the Jacuzzi mode at the same time someone else wants a cooler dip. This feature is not available in the 12-foot pool due to limited space.

All the pools can be controlled with a wireless control screen logic app that can even be enabled on a smartphone. Talk about ultra-modern. The 20 and 40 feet pools have 8 body jets for the spa mode and standard-stepped spa seating arrangements.

What’s not to love? If you’ve ever envied gold fish at an aquarium (it’s weird, but I certainly have), Modpools can make you feel like one of them. These pools are lovely, affordable, and can be installed in less than half an hour. The company recommends that upon arrival of the disassembled pool parts, only a qualified electrician should be hired to set the pool up to prevent faulty connections or a glitch-ridden installation.

  1. Admin. A Swimming Pool Made From A Shipping Container. Good Home Designs. http://www.goodshomedesign.com/a-swimming-pool-made-from-a-shipping-container/. Retrieved 05-07-19
  2. Mattern, Jessica. Stock Tank Pools Will Be More Popular Than Ever This Summer. Country Living. https://www.countryliving.com/life/a43074/stock-tank-pools/. Retrieved 05-07-19
  3. Modpools. Official website. https://modpools.com/. Retrieved 05-07-19

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