Shipping container houses.
The reasoning behind these is that shipping containers provide a sturdy building structure that is already formed, and can supposedly be gotten readily for pretty cheap. So you save on materials, labor, and you are re-using something that has already served another purpose. After what some architects do to these things I doubt the final structures are still cheap in the end, or practical for that matter. I think it’s more a case that using shipping containers in a structure has become chic, sort of a novelty, or a “green” stamp of approval. And actually I don’t think any of the ones I posted here would actually be nice to live in. But I do think there’s some potential. I was looking on Craigslist and in the USA you can find these used for under $1000, or more typically between $2500-4000.
Here’s some interesting info I just came across: http://www.jetsongreen.com/2010/02/ten-things-consider-shipping-container-projects.html
I use two of them for studios, I am a potter , my wife a painter and they work great . I have seen a container home in flagstaff AZ , and if you don’t go overboard they can be very green and awesome to live in . I love the idea of repurposing something that is just sitting out in the desert going to waste