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These Day-Glow Huts Give Shelter to Mexico's Homeless

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In yet another inspired example the power of the micro dwelling harnessed for good, Mexican architect Hans Mayr has unveiled Casa Uno, designed for homeless families living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The smartly designed little structures—which won first place in the Casita Linda competition to build sustainable, low-cost homes—combines both the base of traditional stone houses found in the area, and the functionality of temporary buildings that utilize affordable materials such as corrugated metal sheets and wood. This juxtaposition of the two styles means the homes can be modified quite easily to custom fit each family—a second floor or an extra bedroom, for example.

Casa Uno's design also takes into account the dearth of resources in the region, coming kitted out with rainwater-collection systems and solar-paneled roofs that power all the lighting inside. Perhaps the most eye-catching features, though, are the fold-out window screens that double as roofing for the home's built-in porches and the simple, movable furniture—all done up in neon hues because, well, why not? Take a closer look at Casa Uno's floorplan over on Dezeen.

· Hans Mayr produces Casa Uno for homeless families in Mexico [Design Boom]