"In pedras salgadas park, portugal, two 'tree snake houses' can be found positioned amongst the trees, offering a tranquil retreat just outside the seaside city of porto. designed by luís rebelo de andrade and tiago rebelo de andrade, the forest refuges were developed in partnership with modular system company on the notion that the small constructions could redefine our concept of modular systems, forseeing the temporary dwellings as being adaptable to a variety of landscapes and climates..."
The Cool Hunter
"We are quite easily charmed. Or, perhaps more truthfully: When certain elements exist we are highly likely to take a second look. Give us beautiful use of wood, minimalist approach, classic lines, incorporation of nature in design, and we are intrigued. And, if you can add that elusive ‘something,’ that special stroke of genius that makes your design unique, delightful, quirky, even weird, and we will really take a really good look. And, if you can add that elusive ‘something,’ that special stroke of genius that makes your design unique, delightful, quirky, even weird, and we will really take a really good look. The Tree Snake House in Pedra Salgadas by Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Tiago Rebelo de Andrade fits the bill perfectly. The Lisbon-based architect duo has worked in the spa town of Pedras Salgadas in northern Portugal for some time, creating an Eco-Resort in the park. The resort huts are little eco-lodges made of modular systems and built on stilts. The two Tree Snake Houses have many of the same characteristics and the architects worked with the Modular System Company to come up with innovative ways to create the feel of a tree house."
"Designed in a modular prefabrication system but flexible to adapt to the specific places within the park, these houses result in several different combinations of the same three modules (entrance/bathing – living – sleeping) creating different morphologies and different dialogues with the surrounding nature, wisely occupying the empty spaces between the trunks of large trees and, at the same time, allowing each home to be unique, special and worth visiting. The pitched roofs that characterise the intervention redefine the contours of the park boundary and result, within the houses in comfortable but dynamic spaces. The vain corner contradicts the structural logic of the house but creates the illusion that the park is inside the house framing living nature pictures. The outer coating in slate tiles refers to the local construction traditions and the slatted wood used when there is a balcony creates the perfect resting spaces..."