Jan 09, 2015
Today we will show you a contemporary prefab house in Castellón de la Plana, Spain, a project by NOEM. For the first beautiful houses of the year I decided to show something nice and simple here, something achievable. Even though huge modern houses are a great source of inspiration it is always nice to see something smaller and also great. The prefab house we are showing here today has beautiful shapes, materials, colors and interior design. The place is charming yet contemporary. Certainly a great place to live.
Make sure to check out NOEM website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :)
Description from the architects: The owners of this Smart refuge are a couple who have begun to prioritize shared time with family and friends and to enjoy nature. For years they dreamed of building a small refuge in the Serra Espadà and finally they went ahead. They used prefabricated wooden modules for a clean, quick external construction in order to ensure maximum comfort and energy efficiency. The final construction is a place to share leisure time, to enjoy the scenery and a modern house which is easily and automatically controlled from a mobile device. Its S-SE orientation maximizes thermal comfort in winter and the abundance of sunscreens also ensures summer enjoyment. The architectural design stands out for its simplicity and for a metal frame which marks out the covered areas and provides the appropriate level of design. It is an area defined to cater for all the customs and habits of the occupants,with maximum accessibility and with openings which permit a privileged view. Annexed facilities (swimming pool, barbecue, toilet and stock) complement the main building and present an array of options for fun, relaxation and enjoyment.
This construction has been designed combining two prefabricated wooden modules and a terrace which uses a metal structure designed to project the house towards the landscape. One of the modules is for all the facilities and brings together all usable equipment, the bathroom and the kitchen. In the second module the design is optimized to provide a clear floor that leads onto the terrace and is adaptable to any purpose. The use of local wood and insulation minimizes the CO2 footprint of the house, and the attention paid to materials selected and to the emissions from paint and other items allows it to be classified as a healthy home. Passive cooling strategies, the LED lights and dual flow ventilation system minimise the energy expenditure of the construction and ensure thermal comfort.
We found this house at Contemporist.
Photos by Meritxell Arjalaguer.