If pop art were to cross paths with prefab housing, the result might resemble this Warhol-esque prefab home. Designed by Austin + Mergold, A-House-In-A-Can is a single-family residence built in the round interior of a grain silo. Constructed with off-the-shelf components and clad with a prefabricated steel facade, this innovative prefab home design could be the answer to your farm-living, Warhol-loving dreams.
Grain silos aren’t difficult to source from farm supply companies and they’re both fairly sturdy and weather-proof. Made from galvanized corrugated steel (a little over 1/16″ thick), a grain silo could serve as a beefy, industrial-looking exterior for a home. Similar in concept to using a shipping container as the shell for a project, grain silo fabrication is easily and cheaply accomplished.
The House-In-A-Can home design utilises a 36-foot diameter grain silo and features three levels totaling 2,000 feet2 of living space. Two or three bedrooms can be located on the second level, with the living and dining space on the bottom. The top floor can be used as a deck, extended living space, or even a greenhouse. And multiple silos could be connected to each other to create larger homes or even an apartment block.