Modpools: Repurposing shipping containers into all-in-one swimming pool and hot tub

Shipping containers have become eco-friendly building alternatives for everything from shopping centres, cafes, boutique hotels and urban farms, now recycled shipping containers are being used as backyard swimming pools.

Canadian brand, Modpools, have created “relocatable hot pools” made from shipping containers, each of which feature a viewing window. The above-ground swimming pool is easily set up and increases water temperature at 30°c per hour even in -10°c weather.

The standard size pool is eight feet wide and 20 feet long and just over five feet deep, or 2.4 metres by six metres, with a depth of about 1.5 metres.

Modpools was founded by Canadian couple Paul and Denise Rathnam, who came up with the idea after being inspired by combination hot tub-pools while vacationing in Palm Springs.

Paul Rathnam, owner of Modpools, said: “Shipping containers are naturally durable and structurally sound. Repurposing a shipping container cuts down the carbon footprint and turns something that may have not been useful into what we think is a lifestyle changing, modern asset.”

The smart pool, which can be be turned into a giant hot tub too, can be controlled using a smartphone. The smartphone app can be used to control the temperature, jets and lighting of the Modpools.

Modpools are just 50% of the cost of conventional in-ground pools, and come with a hot tub and pool area that can be separated in the cold months. To reduce energy consumption, users can simply slide the divider wall in place to create a water barrier.

Pumps can convert the pool into an “endless swim spa”, in which a strong current enables a user to swim in one place.


Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable lifestyle and living, wellbeing, and entertainments. Rosa also works as a psychic, counsellor, intuitive reader and spiritual life coach helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives:

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