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Would you live in a soup-can house?

  • Architects develop an idea for pre-fabricated housing using can-shaped grain dryers
  • A "house-in-a-can" entails 2,000 square feet of living space over one or two levels
  • Prototypes for a "pool-in-a-can" are currently being developed
  • Architecture
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Nebraska

(CNN) -- Soup can-shaped homes could be cropping up on a street near you very soon.

Addressing affordable housing shortages across America, Philadelphia-based architects Aleksandr Mergold and Jason Austin, of firm Austin + Mergold, have come up with the innovative idea of making pre-fabricated housing using farm grain dryers.

The can-shaped structures, which Mergold described to CNN as "icons of the American landscape," can be easily purchased and assembled and encompass 2,000 square feet of living space.

Homes-in-a-can either have one or two levels, with the option of a greenhouse on the roof.

They can also be linked to other cans. As long as you have land to build on, the potential to keep adding to them is limitless.

"If you start a family, you can always expand into a complex," said Mergold.

Clients in the market for these innovative housing designs range from Nebraska to Canada and the firm is now working on a prototype "pool-in-a-can."

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