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Tiny houses by Madeiguincho, Portugal

post updated 24 February 2024

Design: Madeiguincho, Noma Lisboa and David Serrão

Location: Cascais, Portugal, southwestern Europe

Interview with Gonçalo Marrote from Madeiguincho, PT

Ursa design:
Tiny house by Madeiguincho in Portugal Ursa

3 March 2022

Tiny homes by Madeiguincho in Portugal

• Why and how was the idea of building this tiny houses?

When my father decided to stop his journey at Madeiguincho carpentry after 30 years, I was working in a conventional architecture studio and was not very convinced that this would be the right path, so I decided to take the risk and took over Madeiguincho Woodwork studio. This new chapter started around 2016.

Ursa design:
Ursa home by Madeiguincho in Portugal trailer

At the beginning we were still doing the more traditional furniture and slowly I started to integrate my background (architecture and sculpture) with my family roots (Arts and Crafts). Slowly we started with the Tree Houses and Garden Studios and it took us in a natural way to the Tiny Houses that we are developing now.

Melides design:
Tiny houses by Madeiguincho in Portugal Melides design

Tiny houses by Madeiguincho in Portugal Melides

• Who was the beginning of the process of architecture and design?

Running this project, I had the idea of inviting two architects to model 2/3 prototypes that could be the base from our Tiny Houses. The architecture and design were made from a collaboration between Madeiguincho, Noma Lisboa and David Serrão.

Guincho design:
Tiny houses by Madeiguincho in Portugal Guincho design

Tiny houses by Madeiguincho in Portugal Guincho

• What is the main idea of the architecture?

The main idea is that every project is fully customized to each client, in terms of concept, layout, appliances and materials. This is crucial, in our perspective when you are developing small scale projects. At the same time we are searching and developing constructive solutions that join the knowledge of Arts & Crafts and CNC (Computer Numeric Control) 3D cutting technology.

Moura, design on water:
Tiny home by Madeiguincho in Portugal Moura design on water Tiny house by Madeiguincho in Portugal Moura design on water

• What is the difference between the modular houses – Guincho, Abano and Ursa?

In our perspective the houses are not modular, as there are no two of the same. What is modular from our process is the constructive solutions already mentioned. We have the privilege of being at the same time the projects and construction team. Guincho, Abano and Ursa are prototypes that born from the same concept, use the same constructive techniques, but differ on the design concept, layout, finishes and materials.

Cassiopeia design:
Tiny houses by Madeiguincho in Portugal Cassiopeia design Tiny houses by Madeiguincho in Portugal Cassiopeia

• What are the main materials, shapes, textures, color combinations used for the exterior of the buildings, facades, their decoration and interior?

For the structure we use galvanized steel as the primary frame and wood (japanese cedar) for the secondary frame. As for the insulation we use pure steam baked cork (local material). The walls and furniture are built with different CLT, plywood or thermo treated wood panels (different thicknesses and finishes). We use rubber and textile waterproof membranes. Windows and door frames are built with Nordic pine wood.

The shapes, textures and colour combinations are combined in order to achieve the shelter/cabin in the woods feeling. For the facades we use some oils (knowledge from my father) that assure a long lasting and healthy life for the different types of wood used. The decoration is usually very minimal, so that the client can develop it independently when they are living in the house.

Adraga – modern Portugal property made from wood:
Adraga modern Portugal property made from wood

Adraga modern Portugal residence made from wood

• Do Tiny Houses have integrated renewable energy sources?

Yes. Our tiny houses (T.O.W.) are living organisms that can be completely off grid. They produce energy from the photovoltaic panels (unseen from the ground), that is stored in the batteries and then converted to energy to be used in the house. At the same time, we project a system that collects, stores and filters rainwater for domestic reuse and also for drinkable water. On the other hand our WC has a dry toilet (does not use water) that produces compost and was designed by us using a CNC machine. These off grid systems are integrated with passive house and bioclimatic concepts that maximize comfort and efficiency.

Grandparents tiny home interior design:
Portugal grandparents tiny home interior design

Portugal grandparents tiny home interior

• Which houses are the most popular on the market?

We are happy to say that the market so far is having a very positive interest in our models in an equal way. But at the moment I would say that URSA is the one with the strongest impact.

• What future do you think awaits modular homes?

Modular homes and Tiny houses are usually mixed or misunderstood. We believe that modular homes will be with the time changed to mobile homes. That’s one of the reasons why we are going into small-scale projects that can be a garden studio, a tree house or a tiny house on wheels.

Anyway, we like to think more about what we need to do to achieve our goals in the short future. Saying this we are at this time developing a new prototype that integrates food production systems (hydroponic and aquaculture).

How regenerative would it be to have a tiny, transportable and independent house that produces food?




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