This Modern Prefab Is Now a Gorgeous Guest House

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
In Morelos, Mexico, a sleek prefab is assembled in a backyard after being constructed entirely off-site.

When SOA Soler Orozco Arquitectos was asked to design an independent addition to an existing holiday home, their client requested limited on-site construction. Up for the challenge, the team completely devised the two-bedroom, two-bath (plus a terrace annex) prefab in an off-site workshop. 

To emphasize outdoor living, the steel-framed platforms are largely open to the elements.

To emphasize outdoor living, the steel-framed platforms are largely open to the elements.

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Although the creation of the structure expedited the on-site process, it also added a significant design challenge. The architects had to ensure the prefabricated elements would fit on a freight truck, since they all had to be transported to the site by road. They designed the modules to be less than 23.6 feet by 7.8 feet, which is the standard size of a truck platform. 

The terrace attaches to the main structure via a covered walkway. 

The terrace attaches to the main structure via a covered walkway. 

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The terrace also serves as the dining area for the home. 

The terrace also serves as the dining area for the home. 

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Once the foundation was laid and everything was prepped for installation, the modules were assembled and the exterior stone was applied. The end result is a stunning 1,722-square-foot addition that now stylishly—and comfortably—accommodates friends and family on holiday getaways. 

All the modules were designed to be able to fit on the platform of a freight truck. 

All the modules were designed to be able to fit on the platform of a freight truck. 

The bedrooms are adjacent to each other and each feature ensuite bathrooms, which are back-to-back so that they can share plumbing. 

The bedrooms are adjacent to each other and each feature ensuite bathrooms, which are back-to-back so that they can share plumbing. 

Floor-to-ceiling windows ensure natural lighting, which helps keep the interiors bright and airy. 

Floor-to-ceiling windows ensure natural lighting, which helps keep the interiors bright and airy. 

Fixtures, lighting, and accessories were installed before the final details and finishings.

Fixtures, lighting, and accessories were installed before the final details and finishings.

The warm wood siding is juxtaposed against the industrial grey steel frame of the structure. 

The warm wood siding is juxtaposed against the industrial grey steel frame of the structure. 

The outdoor area benefits from ceiling fans to help circulate the air and keep things cool.

The outdoor area benefits from ceiling fans to help circulate the air and keep things cool.

Project Credits: 

Architect of Record/Project Design: SOA Soler Orozco Arquitectos / Juan Soler, Alan Orozco 

Builder / General Construction: SOA Soler Orozco Arquitectos

Collaborators: Antonio Contreras, Santiago Párraga 

 Structural Engineer: Gerson Huerta 

Civil Engineer: Ismael Vega + Gerson 

HuertaLighting Design: SOA Soler Orozco Arquitectos 

Interior Design: SOA + Pauta Studio 

Furnishings: Centro de Diseño Aleman / Piacere Mexico City 

Exterior Stone: Soluciones en Piedra Franco 

Other work: La Invencible