Spanish architect Marc Mogas took on the challenges by creating this prefabricated cottage in Spain’s Pyrenees mountains as a cost-effective summer retreat. We share this as one of the inspiration for the day of how the architects and designers are increasingly considering how prefabrication techniques can be used to build speedy and cost-effective yet aesthetically pleasing housing.
Mogas designed the dwelling to be transported to the site in three modules. This helped to keep the project to its budget of €100,000 (£87,000) and allowed construction work to continue through the winter months.
The pine-clad sections – one for bedrooms, another for the lounge and a third for a roofspace mezzanine – were joined together on site to create the 100-square-metre Ripollès cottage. “Intending to budget control the work, three decisions were taken: to minimize land excavation, to prefabricate the house and to reduce aids in construction site.” the Mogas said. Earth excavated to embed the house in the sloping site was reused to create terraces, and the blocks were slotted between existing trees.
To reduce the impact on the site further, retaining walls are made from reinforced concrete bricks – negating the need for a crane on site. The timber modules sit atop these concrete walls. “To confer the idea of a forest cottage, the project is located in order to cut down as few trees as possible.” the architects said.
Windows and doors are surrounded by white steel frames, and a cutaway from the front of the living room creates an entrance porch. Inside, the pine structure is left exposed and the walls are painted white throughout to create a uniform, pared-back appearance.
Inside, the pine structure is left exposed and the walls are painted white throughout to create a uniform, pared-back appearance. The combined lounge and dining area hosts a wood-burning stove in a sitting area nearest the door, and a decoratively tiled kitchen is located to the rear. To make the most of the small floor plan, Mogas developed some clever space-saving solutions. A mezzanine is slotted into the mono-pitched ceiling above the tiled kitchen, while a false ceiling in the hallway provides the perfect spot for stashing away suitcases.