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Tree Snake Houses

Tree Snake Houses was designed by the architects Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Tiago Rebelo de Andrade in partnership with the Modular System Company. The characteristic design associated with the slate and the woods at the base suggests a snake gliding between the trees. Like a wild animal in its natural habitat, the house suddenly appears in the visual field of the observer.

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  • An hour´s drive from the city of Porto, Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park invites you to stay in modern Eco Houses and experience the benefits of a Thermal Spa housed in the restored building that was once the nineteenth century Pedras Salgadas Spa. The power of the waters, the springs and the natural beauty of the park are some of the highlights of this new leisure hideaway, blending into the natural environment to please all generations.
  • Located in the heart of the Park, blending in with the natural environment, stand the Eco Houses, the ideal option for your stay. The work of the architect Luís Rebelo Andrade is modern in both its composition and its interior decoration. Inside the Eco Houses, cutting edge technology and a fully equipped kitchenette can be found, and outside, a spacious deck.
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The tree snake houses arose from the challenge of creating an element that could fulfil the imaginary image of tree houses. The idea was to create an object moves away from orthogonality and pre-established concepts associated with construction. This house, developed in partnership with the company Modular System, uses a technology already tested on prototypes that enables a lightweight, self-supporting construction.

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Coverings in slate and wood, indigenous raw materials, help foster integration with the landscape and render these architectural houses invisible, thus maintaining focus on this one-hundred-year-old park. Inside, the tree houses have two windows, one through which the life of the park may be observed, and another to look at the stars, a bathroom divided into 2 parts, a kitchenette, a double bed and a sofa.

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Sustainability and ecology were constantly present in the development of this project: the non-impervious floor surfaces, reinforced coatings and insulation, the reuse of blackwater, the very low consumption lighting systems using LED technology, among other solutions found, give the initiative coherence and a raison d’être.

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Pedras Salgadas spa & nature park:

The Pedras Salgadas spa & nature park, is a 4-star tourist resort located in the north of Portugal at an altitude of 580 metres, in the heart of the Pedras Salgadas Park, which belongs to the municipality of Vila Pouca de Aguiar, between Vila Real and Chaves.

One hour and ten minutes by car from the city of Porto, Pedras Salgadas Park boasts an area of 20 hectares, with eight kilometres of paths that lead to the discovery of its intricacies. Here all the energy emanated by nature remains intact.

In fact, Pedras Salgadas was a holiday destination for royalty. Today, this delightful spa town has become a fashionable destination. The power of the water and the natural beauty of the park combine to attract tourists, who come from all over the world.

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Luis Rebelo de Andrade:

Along with the project Pedras Salgadas Park by architects Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Tiago Rebelo de Andrade, came the challenge of creating an object that could recreate the fantasy of the tree houses. The project for these houses was developed in partnership with the Modular System Company. The idea was to get an object that would be far away from the orthogonality and from pre-established concepts associated with the modular construction.

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The characteristic design associated with the slates and the wood on the base suggests a snake gliding between the trees. Like a wild animal in its natural habitat, the house suddenly appears in the visual field of the observer. The choice of materials gives an instant sense of connection with nature at the same time it establishes a coherent image of the proposal into a perfect symbiosis between the house and the Park.

The architects made use of new technology already tested in prototypes that allow a weightless easy-carrying construction. Native raw material, slate and wood used in the finishing also promote the integration at the same time it confers invisibility to the houses, not allowing these to take the chief role which belongs to the centennial Park itself.

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© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Sustainability and ecology have always been one of the major concerns during the development of the project. The consistency and rationale for the intervention were attained by the layers and reinforced insulation, heating systems, water reuse, water solar panels, the low consumption lighting system using LED technology as well as the option of keeping the soil without any impermeable system, among other solutions. Each house comprises a studio with a bathroom and a kitchen.

Thus, the two TREE SNAKE HOUSES of Pedras Salgadas Park are objects that, using similar materials and technologies, point out to our imaginary: the primitive hut and the wild animal. Developed by the architects Luís Rebelo De Andrade And Tiago Rebelo De Andrade in cooperation with Modular System the project also foresees multiple purposes, which can be adapted to different landscapes and climates.

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More models of these houses like the MOUNTAIN SNAKE HOUSE, the RIVER SNAKE HOUSE and the SAND SNAKE HOUSE, whose dimensions and materials are easily adapted to various climates and regions, are being developed and will soon be available to the public. It will then be possible to acquire one of these houses and to benefit from different situations such as coastal areas, riverbanks, mountain or urban environments.

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Project Data:

Project name: Tree Snake Houses
Location: Pedras Salgadas spa & nature park, 5450-140 Bornes de Aguiar, Portugal
Coordinates: 41.546019, -7.607510
Type: 

  • Type By Characteristic: Resort, Tree House, Green & Sustainable House
  • Type By Site: Forest House
  • Type By Size: Tiny House – (less than 51 sqm)
  • Type By Materials: Steel House

Project Area: 27 sqm
Status: Built
Completion Year: 2014
Visit Pedras Salgadas spa & nature park’s website: here

Awards:

  • 2014 – ArchDaily Building of the Year Award – Category: Hospitality Architecture – Winner

The people:

Client / Owner / Developer: Unicer
Architects:

Collaborators: Madalena Rebelo de Andrade, Raquel Jorge, Pedro Baptista Dias
Constructor: Modular System Company
Text Description: © Courtesy of Luís Rebelo de Andrade, Pedras Salgadas spa & nature park
Images: © Luís Rebelo de Andrade, Ricardo Oliveira AlvesFG+SG

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