Inexpensive and Eco-Friendly “House-In-A-Can”

Architects Austin + Mergold have a proposal for how to reuse agricultural silos and other circular structures of the U.S. farm belt: A-House-In-A-Can.

Pitched for a farm in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, the project description markets the project in a Craigslist-esque manner:

36-foot in diameter American grain dryer with 2000 SF single family starter home inside. Instantly assembled off-the-shelf 14 GA galvanized corrugated steel exterior a 2000 SF developer house inside. Optional greenhouse. Buy 5 get one free!!!

The concept is quite simple: an internal shell is slipped inside the grain silo, services are established shortly thereafter, and the client can then schedule a move-in date.

At thirty-six feet in diameter and the potential for multi-story housing, there is a surprising amount of space in these metal cylinders – and a lot of value to have an already-built exterior shell that can be locally purchased, readily shipped and easily set up on a building site.

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