A Portuguese team has crafted a sleek pre-fabricated house that takes just three days to construct, from laying the foundation to moving in the furniture. The 860-square-foot structure is a marvel of minimal contemporary design, made with reinforced concrete, wood, slate, and glass and designed to be a simple, speedy solution to housing demands. Architect Samuel Gonçalves of the SAAS studio is behind the project.
“It’s an evolutionary system,” the design firm explains. Each section of the home (or “Gomo”) is built as an individual module, then transported to the construction site on a truck bed and offloaded for final assembly. Before even leaving the factory, though, the module is fully decked out with all the interior and exterior components it needs. That includes furnishings, insulation systems, water and electricity installations, and even the fixed furniture pieces. Stick the pieces together on-site, and there you go: instant house.
See more of the house’s design, below.
Another view of the house on site. The modules are made specifically to fit well on truck beds for easy transport.
Reinforced concrete, slate, and wood are the predominant materials used in the exterior and interior.
Inside, the layout is optimised for energy efficiency, using ventilation corridors. Appliances like this stove would have been assembled in the factory before being brought over to the site.
The glass walls let in plenty of natural light, make the home feel more spacious, and minimise the need for artificial lighting within.
This particular prototype -- built in Arouca, Portugal -- is the first example of the project in action.
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