THESE HOUSES STAY COOL UNDER THE HOT SUN

STUDIO 3A WORKS WITH MIMA HOUSING TO CREATE THESE PREFABRICATED AND SUSTAINABLE BUILDING DESIGNS

Have you always wanted to enjoy the tropical weather of Portugal? Like taking in the sun, enjoying the beautiful beaches, and just drifting into cozy siestas. But everyone knows one of the best things about tropical countries can also be one of the quite annoying parts of it.

The humidity and heat can quickly become uncomfortable and the climate is ideal for mosquitoes. Luckily, Lisbon-based architectural firm Studio 3A teamed up with MIMA Housing to create a solution.

Their project called the Cabanas in Comporta consists of prefabricated cabins designed to ward off the heat and use the sunlight as a source of power. And when it gets cold, photovoltaic panels and heat pumps keeps the cabins warm and cozy through the winter.

“As local connoisseurs, we based our construction method on the traditional fishermen huts/cabanas as an inspiration for our project,” explain the architects. These huts have been built in this area for years and are very functional and quick to build which was another important point of our brief.

With this construction type, we had a couple of challenges to face which was the hot-summer Mediterranean climate and the mosquitos which are well known to bug you in the area.

We implemented various sustainable strategies to reduce the heat sensation such as the calculated overhangs in front of the main windows, low emissivity window panes and a tensioned solar shading system in between the cabana modules.”

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