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Elegant and Hip Casa El Tiemblo Shipping Container Home

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Designed by James & Mau Arquitectura, the very hip Casa El Tiemblo is made of four 40-foot long containers that have been painted a cheerful shade of blue.

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The hip elegance comes from the very simplicity of the design.

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The house is constructed in the most straightforward way, by placing two eight foot wide containers adjacent to each other, to make one room that is 40 feet long and 16 feet wide. Repeated on top.

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The ground floor flows loft-like from living, through dining to the kitchen in the back.

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Although the kitchen at the far end looks out across the full 40-foot length of the container, its workspace is a small and galley-style.

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On the ground floor, because the space is open along the side and not only the ceiling but also the wooden floor has been painted white, it is light-filled and airy.

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Upstairs, by contrast, throughout the bedrooms and bathrooms, the floor is painted a glossy and sophisticated black, giving the sleeping areas a sophisticated and sensuous mood of privacy and repose.

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You don’t see so many shipping container buildings these days, since the revelations about the toxicity of the marine paints used on them (to survive sea spray) cooled the love affair with the eco rehab of shipping containers.

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But if they are professionally sealed up completely inside – and with adequate ventilation bringing in fresh air from outside -the harmful toxicity is kept separate.

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In this spacious and unfussy house, this has been successful.

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