One of Lacaton & Vassal‘s neatest tricks is to cover the roof of a more conventional building with glasshouses to extend the amount of usable enclosed space.
Here is a project that combines shipping containers (yeah!) with plastic carports in a similar way to produce a beautiful and elegant remote rainforest research centre. It can be found on the Earth Science Australia site. We bitch about some websites (why are architects so in love with over-designed flash-animation-infested rubbish?) but this one is great, easy to navigate and full of interesting real content rather than designer confectionery.