The Atacama Desert in Chile is one inhospitable place. So when AATA Architects were asked to design a low-cost but durable shelter for miners, they turned to shipping containers—96 shipping containers, in fact.
Each container holds about 4 people, with restrooms in a separate area. While the accommodations are tight, they were designed to allow in ambient light but to block out some of the extreme temperatures that the area experiences. A huge canvas roof hangs over the development, providing protection from the sun, blocking some radiant heat, while still encouraging cross breezes to circulate the air. See more photos at AATA Architects.
(Via Inhabitat. Images by AATA Architects)