Photo from Afropicmusing via Afrigadget
Afrigadget has a post on repurposed shipping containers.
A search through Flickr for shipping container gives some interesting results. I like the apartment building. Wikipedia has an entry on shipping container architecture.
You may also want to park your container across the valley from Gareth (It doesn’t sound like he wants anybody right next door). Maybe you will need a clinic in your village. But if you just want to know how many kegs of beer, shoes or cartons of cigarettes you can fit in your container, then Rob’s your guy.