Prefab tiny houses in the forests of Portugal

Summary studio designed eleven cabins of different typologies in Aldeia da Paradinha following the natural conformation of the landscape and using a particular modular system. 

Paradinha is a tourist complex in the Portuguese mountain landscape of Aldeia da Paradinha, Alvarenga. Summary, the firm in charge of the project, chose – also driven by the naturalistic conformation of the place – to divide the holiday structure into eleven small cabins, placing them on the plot and thus obtaining a village. A traditional building would in fact have been, in the words of the architects, “difficult and extremely expensive”. 

Mindful of the conditions imposed by the mountains, they simplified the process by designing prefabricated structures that offer not only holiday rooms but also small houses: programmes that allow the complex to be inhabited throughout the whole year instead of just for the summer period, increasing safety and maintenance.

SUMMARY, Paradinha. Photo Fernando Guerra

The concrete and wood cabins offer four different typologies and range from 28 to 58 square metres, following the natural configuration of the site without altering it – the original stone walls and trees have been preserved – while the different orientations are useful to have multiple views of the natural surroundings.

The project involved the use of the Gomos System, a modular system that presents an answer to the need to simplify building processes. A solution, devised by the studio itself, which also includes modules complete with interior and exterior finishes, insulation, windows and doors, water and electricity systems, furniture. A project that aims to make assembly functional in different locations. 

SUMMARY, Paradinha. Photo Fernando Guerra
Aldeia da Paradinha, Alvarenga - Arouca, Portugal
Holiday houses, housing
Lead architect:
Samuel Gonçalves
512 sqm

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