Rio Grande do Sul is a part of Brazil that is renowned for its vineyards, amazing natural scenery and fabulous retreats with a touch of European charm It is in this gorgeous green setting that one finds the eco-friendly Alpes São Chico Housing Complex designed by Porto Quadrado. This small, sustainable and budget-friendly prefab is a holiday home designed on a lush green lot for three separate families.
What started out initially as an idea to create one large, single vacation retreat soon morphed into three individual units that leave as much of the lovely lot undisturbed as possible. Working its way around large trees and existing flora, the green escape is truly one-of-a-kind!
It was three 35 square meter structures that were constructed largely using Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) that made the new design possible. All the panels came with built-in conduits for electrical and plumbing services and this meant just two carpenters could assemble the entire holiday home together in less than a day and a half. Apart from saving time and resources, the construction method also ensured that nature around the house is not drastically altered and the setting feels more like a ‘little home in the woods’ rather than an exclusive, modern retreat.
Complete with full-fledged living area, dining room, kitchen and multiple bedroom, the entire home is linked with a series of decks that float just above ground and make the project even more planet-friendly. Transition between indoor and outdoor spaces is seamless and you have a relaxing hideaway where nature takes center-stage! [Photography: Alessandro Quevedo]