This project was developed in partnership with Jular Madeiras S.A., and the challenge was to develop a housing unit, following lines of controlled costs without neglecting issues of comfort, quality and aesthetics. Equally, this house has a strict control of design and construction, and is intended to be sold as a kit, with the objective of reducing transport costs, at the same time that allows the owners to build and finish their own house. They are transported in 20 ' containers, which easily enables them to be delivered anywhere in the world.
The Treehouse Spot was designed to be assembled by just two people, without using any kind of heavy equipment.
Foundations are not required and kits can be placed on small concrete pillars or piles of wood. This prefab concern allows increasing the finishes quality, the resources applied in the construction and thus reflects a reduction in the final price of a high quality product. The resultant temporary house may be used as family's weekend home, as a temporary accommodation of any type (e.g. campsites or rural tourism) among others.
The project established a compact housing structure, with a large living room area, a small kitchen, and a toilet support. The
room area is separable by removable panels, which can be closed and thus, creating two areas with different levels of privacy. The more private may be a bedroom and the most exposed one establishing a living room, which also links to a covered outdoor area. This exterior area sets a covered outdoor space with greater proximity and relationship with the environment and landscape. This is a work that allows exploration of today's strong and interesting concepts of prefabrication, modularity, costs and resources control.