Cabanas no Rio
by Aires Mateus

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Lisbon studio Aires Mateus used only reclaimed timber to construct this pair of waterfront cabins in Grândola, Portugal (+ slideshow).

Cabanas no Rio by Aires Mateus

Named Cabanas no Rio, which translates as cabins on the river, the two rustic structures offer a rural retreat for a pair of inhabitants.

Cabanas no Rio by Aires Mateus

One hut contains a living area, with a simple counter that can be used for preparing food, while the other accommodates a bedroom with a small toilet and sheltered outdoor shower.

Cabanas no Rio by Aires Mateus

Architects Aires Mateus used recycled wooden panels to build the walls, floors, roof and fittings of the two structures, leaving the material exposed both inside and out.

Cabanas no Rio by Aires Mateus

The edge of the roof sits flush with the walls, plus the wood is expected to change colour as it exposed to the weather.

Cabanas no Rio by Aires Mateus

"The wharf is medieval and assembled with wood," said the architects, explaining their material choice. "Its identity is kept long beyond the material's resistance, an identity that allows [it] to change, to replace, keeping all the values."

Cabanas no Rio by Aires Mateus

With a combined area of just 26 square metres, the cabins were both built off-site and transported to the site on the back of a lorry.

Cabanas no Rio by Aires Mateus

Each was then hoisted into place, framing a small wooden deck that leads out onto a jetty.

Cabanas no Rio by Aires Mateus

The Aires Mateus brothers founded their studio in 1988. Past projects by the pair include the stone-clad Furnas Monitoring and Investigation Centre and the nursing home in Alcácer do Sal that was shortlisted for this year's Mies van der Rohe Award. See more architecture by Aires Mateus »

Cabanas no Rio by Aires Mateus

Other micro homes completed recently include a holiday house in the shape of a cloud and a mobile home on the back of a tricycle. See more micro homes »

Cabanas no Rio by Aires Mateus

Photography is by Nelson Garrido.

Here's a project description from the architects:


Cabanas no Rio

The wharf is medieval and assembled with wood. Its identity is kept long beyond the material's resistance. An identity that allows to change, to replace, keeping all the values.

Cabanas no Rio by Aires Mateus

The project develops two spaces: one to unwind with the support of a kitchen integrated in the same material of the walls; other as a sleeping area with a small bathroom and a shower. The construction is entirely finished in reused wood, subjected to the weather that will keep on changing it. The forms, highly archetypal, are designed by the incorporation of the functions in these minute areas, and by the varied inclination of the ceilings that tension the spaces according to their function.

Cabanas no Rio by Aires Mateus

Name of the project: Cabanas no Rio
Location: Comporta, Grândola, Portugal
Construction Surface: 26m²

Cabanas no Rio by Aires Mateus

Authors: Manuel e Francisco Aires Mateus
Coordination: Maria Rebelo Pinto
Collaborators: Luz Jiménez, David Carceller
Client: João Rodrigues

Cabanas no Rio by Aires Mateus
Floor plan

Structure: Cenário Perfeito
Electricity: Cenário Perfeito
Construtor: Cenário Perfeito

  • Grapes

    He is the MAN!

  • amsam

    Clearly I need to re-up my subscription to Plain Wooden Shed Weekly.