Modular resort cabins by Rebelo de Andrade and Aguiar

modular cabins by Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Diogo Aguiar for Parque de Pedras Salgadas

photo by FG+SG

This cluster of small cabins is located at a new resort, the Pedras Salgadas Spa and Nature Park, in northern Portugal. Pedras Salgadas is a spa town where people go to rejuvinate in its mineral waters. Architects Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Diogo Aguiar collaborated to design the cabins for the resort.

Pedras Salgadas Spa and Nature Park wanted a variety of different cabin layouts to suit the individual sites on which they’d be placed, so the architects designed the cabins using a modular system. Each cabin consists of three modules, a living area module with the kitchen and a sitting area, an entry module that also houses the bathroom, and a sleeping module with a bedroom and flex space. The living and sleeping modules can join to the entry module in a variety of ways. The result is a system that is standardized yet flexible, yielding dozens of possible cabin plans. Each cabin is adapted to its specific setting, adjusted to fit between the existing trees.

modular cabins by Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Diogo Aguiar for Parque de Pedras Salgadas

photo by FG+SG

The cabins are clad with bluish-gray slate tiles that complement the greens, grays and browns of the forest. The slate is used on all the walls except at the decks where horizontal wood is used instead.

modular cabins by Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Diogo Aguiar for Parque de Pedras Salgadas

photo by FG+SG

The cabin plans are all different but each has 52.9 m2 (570 ft2) of living space. The entry module is the smallest of the three. The bathroom is fairly small but the glass shower enclosure and wall-hung toilet and counter make it appear larger than it is. The living area module is the next largest, with the compact kitchen running along one wall. The sleeping module has one bedroom and a flex space that is open to the entry hall. The flex space is large enough that it could be closed off as a small second bedroom if desired.

modular cabins by Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Diogo Aguiar for Parque de Pedras Salgadas

photo by ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio

All three major rooms feature large corner windows, helping the expand the sense of interior space while providing select views of the surrounding forest. Wood is used on the floors and in the kitchen area, but everything else is white. It is a personal preference of course, but we think a bit more wood finish would suit the forest setting.

Have a great weekend!

Photographs by FG+SG architectural photography and ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio. Via ARCHMOV.

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