Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Flowers Top Awesome Shipping Container Guest House in Texas

(inhabitat) Jim Poteet Architects transformed a royal blue shipping container into an airy guest house in San Antonio, Texas. The container was customized to give the comforts of home, including massive glass sliding doors that open to connect the indoors to the outdoors. Aside from repurposing the old shipping container, Poteet used recycled soda caps and telephone poles in this gorgeous green guest house perched at the top of Stacey Hill.

To keep the message of sustainability at the forefront, Poteet decided to leave the exterior of the shipping container as is, including its original blue color and markings from when it was used to haul goods. The end was cut away and replaced with a large floor to ceiling window, while part of the side was replaced with sliding glass doors that create a flow of both natural light and air. The opposite end’s corrugated walls were kept with a smaller, higher window added, which allows for a private bathroom.

The sliding doors, which function as the guest home’s entrance, open onto a large elevated deck, which was made using recycled soda caps. Poteet also extended the roof with eaves that hang over part of the deck, guarding it from rain and direct sunlight. At night, overhead lights on the eaves illuminate the deck.

To complete the green masterpiece, the roof has been planted with greenery, including native plants and flowers, which add both charm and natural insulation to the already adorable guest abode.

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+ Jim Poteet Architects

via Design Taxi 

About the author:

Lori Zimmer is a New York based writer, with a passion for sustainable design, eco-tourism and art. She has written for Ecouterre, Inhabitots, ArtSlant, Patrick McMullan Mag, Flavorpill, WhiteHot and ArtFetch. She received her MA in art, media and business at FIT. In her free time, she writes an art and art history guide called Art Nerd New York and curates shows often focused on artists who use found or recycled materials. More articles by Lori can be found here.

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