It seems that a lot of architecture, as of late, is being built with or around shipping containers. Buy some land and cheap shipping containers… build a glass house around them and bam, hot shit.
Hurricane proof, flood proof, fire proof, these metal Lego blocks are tough enough to be stacked 12-high empty–and thus can be used in smaller multistory buildings. Used containers (which can be picked up for $1,500 to $2,000) often have teak floors and sometimes are insulated. The bright orange, blue and rust corrugated boxes may not appeal to everyone. But contemporary hipsters find them not just the ultimate in postmodern appropriation but aesthetically pleasing as well.