Shipping Container House with Green Roof, San Antonio, Texas

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About Poteet Architects

DesignPoteet Architects
LocationSan Antonio, Texas, USA
PhotographyChris Cooper

This Poteet Architects’s project is a successful implementation of client’s wish to experiment with shipping containers. The shipping container house with green roof serves as a small guest house and is fitted with a custom stainless sink and a WC/shower. Large sliding window opens the interior space to the surrounding natural landscape.

The design emphasis is on the sustainable strategies: recycling of shipping container for a permanent use; the green roof provides shade and natural insulation to reduce heat gain. Grey water is collected from the shower and sink, and is used for green roof irrigation. The WC is a composting toilet. Interior space insulated with high efficient spray foam and lined with natural bamboo plywood suitable for walls and floor.

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About Poteet Architects

Jim Poteet opened the office with the hope that the firm could further the sustainable revitalization of downtown San Antonio. Poteet Architects' success in this endeavor has brought the firm national recognition and acclaim. The firm's portfolio of completed work includes residential, commercial and institutional projects, but is perhaps best known for the sensitive adaptive reuse of existing buildings and a fresh, rigorous approach to modern interior design.

In 2013, Jim was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of design. This honor is one of the highest the profession can bestow on an architect.

In 2012, Poteet Architects joined Johnson Fain of Los Angeles and the Olin Studio of Philadelphia to create a new master plan for Hemisfair Park in downtown San Antonio. Completed in 2011, the new vision for the area, forged though a highly successful public process, combines public open space with an urban mix of residential, commercial, and institutional uses organized by bringing back the pre-fair street grid, reconnecting this neglected area to the surrounding neighborhoods.

In 2009, the Pace Foundation Offices was selected as one of twelve CONTRACT Interiors Awards winners nationwide. The project was given a Design Award by the Texas Society of Architects and an Honor Award by the San Antonio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The firm's Robison Loft was featured in the November issue of Metropolitan Home and the Pace Loft was prominently included in Michael lassell's book Metropolitan Home Design 100, which selected the 100 best spaces published in the history of the magazine.

Jim Poteet graduated from Yale University and received his Master of Architecture from the University of Texas where the faculty awarded him the Alpha Rho Chi Medal. He interned in Philadelphia with Kieran, Timberlake and Harris, and returned to San Antonio where he joined the Alamo Architects. Jim established Poteet Architects in 1998.

In his free time, Jim continues to advocate for the renewal of his hometown's urban center and for the visual arts as a catalyst in that renewal. Jim served consecutive terms as president of Southtown, a community based commercial redevelopment group whose approach has been widely adopted as a model. He has served on the City of San Antonio's Downtown Advisory Board as Chair of its Housing and Urban Design Committee. Jim served five years on the board and as Vice-President of SAY Si (San Antonio Youth Yes), one of the most recognized teen arts education programs in the US.

Address 1114 S St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78210, USA
Phone +1 210-281-9818
Fax +1 210 281-9789

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