Cabanas No Rio (Eng. cabins on the river) is a new project by Aires Mateus, located in Portugal’s region of Comporta, only one hour away south from Lisbon.
Situated very close to civilization, but still isolated enough from the city noise, this interesting structure lies in Comporta, region well-known for its stunning white-sand beaches, wine, paddy fieldsand fresh fish.
The project consists of two old refurbished fisherman cabins and covers the area of 26 m², therefore it’s not very spacious, but its design and space management provide more than enough comfort for two people. In one part of the structure there is a living area and a small kitchen, while in the other there is a bedroom with a four-poster bed, bathroom with an outdoor shower (it can also be used indoors) and a terrace with an excellent view of the Sado River- one of the major rivers in Portugal.
The whole structure is built off-site and transported by a truck.The roofs, floors, walls and furniture of the two cabins are completely made of recycled wooden panels, but the material is left exposed, both inside and outside, so, according to the architect Aires Mateus, the weather could change its color, and the wood will still keep its quality.
Since the Sado River is a natural reserve and the habitat of many animals, such as bottlenose dolphins, storks and flamingos, this place is one of the best destinations in the country for dolphin and bird watching, horse riding on the beach and landscape observation.
(Photos by Nelson Garrido)
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