The quest to create an affordable, modular home paradigm to satisfy the growing need for housing in the developing world has long been a thought topic for architects, developers, NGOs, and governments worldwide. It seems the thrust of these efforts have often involved modification of shipping containers. Here at Mark Line we have experience modifying existing ISO containers and fabricating new containers with custom dimensions. This idea has some great benefits to recommend it as there are hundreds of thousands of cargo containers spread across the entirety of the world. In practice though, the modified container solution is rarely as cost effective or appropriate as designers think it will be. Nearly every opening cut into the container requires steel to be welded back in to maintain structural integrity. The standard ISO dimensions also aren’t ideal for human habitation. Inhabitat has a great article about a new idea that has much to recommend it – modular homes fabricated from upcycled shipping pallets. Designed by two students, the structure is modular, attractive, and affordable. Read more about the Pallethaus on Inhabitat.