This year's Sunset Idea House is an affordable (albeit tiny) shipping container structure designed and fabricated by Seattle-based Hybrid Architecture. Filled with great-looking innovations, the Nomad model goes for $59,500.
Sunset's Idea House is tiny, measuring just 192 square-feet, yet there's room enough to sleep four. The 24 foot shipping container has a galley kitchen, a bathroom, and large exterior openings for connecting to the outside.
Hybrid Architecture coined the term cargotecture in 2005 to describe any building built partially or entirely from recycled ISO shipping containers. They've been doing shipping container architecture for years, and know what they're doing. Their homes are insulated with soy foam, have bamboo flooring, and a tiny yet functional bathroom. At $59,500, it's $309 per square foot, but small houses usually cost more per square foot than big ones.
(Images: HyBrid Architecture)