Shipping containers are rugged, utilitarian structures built for cargo – not human habitation. With a little bit of love and out-of-the-box thinking, however, they can be transformed into awesome abodes. The following ten container homes are handsome, comfortable and ecologically sound; they also transcend expectations of what a simple metal box can be.
10. Caterpillar House, Chile
Snaking down a hillside in the suburbs of Santiago, Chile’s, capital, the Caterpillar House – or Casa Oruga – was designed by Sebastián Irarrázaval to complement the precipitous terrain of the Andes Mountains. Consisting of 12 containers, including one for a swimming pool, it took eight months to build and cost a third less than a conventional property.