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4 Shipping Containers Prefab plus 1 for Guests

Huiini House was created out of 4 shipping containers, two down and two up plus 1 additional fifth container specifically used for guests due to the remote location in the Primavera forest in Azpopan, Jalisco, Mexico. S+Diseno designed the 2-storey shipping container home in a stacked but staggered volume to create a covered terrace below and two exposed terraces above.

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To emphasize the double volume the shipping containers on the top level are a bright industrial yellow while the ground level containers are void of color, showcasing the natural finish of its corrugated steel shell.

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The side of one of the lower containers has been outfitted with floor to ceiling glazings that open wide, blurring the line between indoor and outdoor lifestyles.

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The main entrance is positioned on the exposed end of the shipping containers.

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The sheltered end at ground level appears closed off from the terrace but in actual fact this end opens wide.

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When the doors are opened wide on the sheltered end, they create a privacy screen on both sides while offering an additional layer of protection from the environment.

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The terrace up above also incorporates privacy panels on either side.

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Inside the home the floor of the upper shipping container has been partially removed to create a double volume space for the living and dining areas while the kitchen is tucked into the single volume space beneath the upstairs mezzanine that leads to the terrace.

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The stairs are created out of a single sheet of folded sheet metal.

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The terrace over the sheltered lower deck is accessed via a pair of sliding glass doors.

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The terrace on the other end, over the main entrance also has a pair of sliding glass doors that are hidden behind a pair of bright yellow, hinged barn doors.

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Just a few feet away a fifth “guest” shipping container helps frame the garden.

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The guest quarters are tucked under the shelter of a large deciduous tree.

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A pathway leads across the garden to the main structure.

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The guest building also has a small deck created out of a concrete slab.

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Made of 4 high cube containers at 30m2 or 323sqft. the total are of the house is 120m2 or 1291.7sqft.

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The ground level of the main structure includes the living and dining room, kitchen, bathroom, laundry, utility room, master suite with ensuite and deck.

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Upstairs is a guest bedroom with ensuite, a hall gallery, studio and terraces at either end.

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Photography by Mito Covarrubias
A house built from shipping containers is a great way to upcycle and while many, including this one, keep to a small footprint with a stripped down industrial aesthetic, sometimes they can be quite large and be designed as a luxuriously exciting space.

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