homify 360 : tree house home in Portugal

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Who, as a child, has never dreamed of having a tree house to isolate themselves from the rest of the world and to make room for his imagination? We, at homify, believe this kind of childish dream never really leaves us, and even today many of us wish to spend a weekend in an isolated retreat that floats in the middle of a forest.  

Well, thanks to this project, by Portuguese architects Studio Rebelo de Andrade , our dreamers minds will be hopefully satisfied. Their inventive and unconventional house is indeed part of a resort that is out of the ordinary people. For a few nights, you can rent this tree house and live a unique experience. Not quite convinced? homify 360 looks at travelling to this unusual resort and explores the luxury of this unparalleled architectural feat. 

Out of the ordinary design

The environment that hosts the cabin seems straight out of a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. Lush vegetation surrounds and almost clings to the building, creating a fresh, green atmosphere, protected from the hot Portuguese sun. This is actually the park Salgadas Pedras: a protected, 580m above sea level, mountainous area, about an hour from the Porto eco-tourism area. In addition to the tree house, the park also hosts six other projects by the same architect: a thermal spa, a gourmet restaurant and more than eight miles of trails to distract you during your stay .

Innovative design

Take a step back to appreciate the overall structure of the cabin. Although it seems to float among the trees, the volume of house is firmly anchored in the ground by with three slender pillars that create a light and airy illusion. To achieve this, the architects developed a prototype ultra-lightweight structure, which did not require much support.
The entire volume is covered with shingles and wood panelling that connects the structure with the forest environment. The form consists of a faceted prism that stretches languidly and, in turn, reminds us of the graceful profile of a snake that sneaks through the vegetation and helps us to imagine a series natural analogies… ! 

A gateway

A gateway is what separates you from the rest of the world when you enter the small home. The architect had to take advantage of the topography of the mountain to strengthen the appearance of the cabin. Thus, the structure of the bridge appears to support its volume weightlessly, letting you cross the trees to look to the sky. The wooden construction of the railing and the deck of this small bridge maintain the natural harmony of the rest of the building. 

At the entrance

At night, the invitation to the interior is even more attractive! Generous light from inside operates as a lantern that lights up in the dark forest, for a picture that reminds us once again of the stories in certain fairy tales. We are now ready step inside the structure's only entrance. Guardrails rise gently to envelop us and form this residential cocoon. The wood flooring, stained and varnished, gently reflects the light honey colour and contributes to the warm and welcoming atmosphere.Some entrance eh?

Kitchens with benefits

Here we are at the front door. From a glance, it embraces the whole of the interior space—simple, uncluttered and minimalist. A service corridor equipped with a kitchenette leads to an open space, fitted bedroom and sitting and dining areas. The door to the left gives us access to the toilet while the right one leads us to a shower room.

How does this project have enough water to occupy it with residents? The cabin is equipped with a water recycling system that helps limit consumption. In the same ecological perspective, the architects have also incorporated a system of solar panels for power supply, low-energy lighting and insulation of walls—optimised to reduce energy consumption.

Up in the trees

Speaking of childish dreams and fairy tales, this photo is straight out of a dream! The amazing feeling of perfect symmetry and whiteness is eclipsed only by the picturesque view framed by two rectangular openings. Could you not imagine watching the starry sky, warm in your cosy bed, through skylights? Or being awakened by the rays of the sun warming your toes through the window at the foot of the bed?   

At a final glance

Let us return one last time to enjoy one last view of the entire project, inside and out. You may notice here the perfect symmetry of the whole structure, creating a peaceful, reassuring atmosphere. Plywood covering the white interior is separated by a thin line of shadow that defines the different facets of the prism—both complex and minimalist. And what about the quality of the light in this space? The natural light that penetrates the living spaces of this charming home is, at the very least, abundant and beautiful. 

So, this really is a clever project that architecture Studio Rebelo de Andrade has offered Portugal. Want an original experience between lovers? Go on, treat yourself and make a reservation! 

For more homify 360 projects, take a look at this great house from our UK website.

How do you find this project? Do you know of anything similar? Let us know in the comments. 
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