Ecopods.ca, Toronto, Canada
While often used as full-time residences, shipping container homes can make distinctly modern recreational retreats. Think of them as 21st century rustic summer cabins. That’s the idea behind the Ecopod, a rugged and transportable shipping container pied-à-terre that’s built to function off the grid. With its unique “cut out” design, a solar-powered electric winch is used to open and close a double-glazed thermal paned window that, when lowered, doubles as a deck for optimum outdoor lounging time. Insulation in the Ecopod is soy-based, and the flooring is made from recycled rubber.