I-Beam Design, a New York-based architecture firm, designed a 500-square-foot dwelling (known as Pallet House), composed of 100 reused shipping pallets.
The project, which took approximately one week to construct, was an entry in Architecture for Humanity’s transitional housing competition.
The goal: to create a low-cost shelter for victims who lost their homes in natural disasters or war. The result: a charming, $2,000 - $2,500 makeshift bungalow that features a multifunctional table and sitting area, a sleeping loft, benches and counter space, roof access, bathroom and shower area, window sill plant-holders, and a floor that extends to create a small outside deck. Tack on a doorman, and you have more amenities than most apartments in New York City.