When we saw this beautiful house made almost entirely from wood pallets, “Awesome” was the first word that came to mind. The Paletten Haus was designed by two students from the University of Vienna and won the 2008 GAUDI European Student Competition on Sustainable Architecture. It’s made out of reused pallets, and is modular, energy efficient and affordable, making it perfect for low-income housing. It could even offer a housing option for people in developing countries with little access to building materials — in fact, the designers of the Paletten Haus are in South Africa right now developing a low-cost unit that runs $11/ sq foot.

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