Casa no muro
Casa no muro – house on the wall in portugese – is a kids cabin project, designed by Martial Marquet & Saperlipopette. The solution for when you want a treehouse and you don’t have any tree.
At the beginning the client’s children told the architects they wanted a tree house to play within. But the only tree close to the house was on the neighbours’ land. When visiting the site the architects noticed the omnipresence of the concrete fence-wall around the garden, almost touching the tree. A real visual border closing the garden, and consequently constituing the limit of the kids playground. It appeared obvious to them to use the wall to open new perspectives: the cabin would be on the wall. Thereby it would offer panoramic views on the surrounding countryside to the kids.
The client had only a tiny budget, so the cabin was built by the client himself helped by the architects, local craftsmen and neighbors from the village.
The project organized itself along a large footpath, stretched on the wall, punctuated by singular items:
a ladder, a cabin, seatings, a belvédere platform… Those different typologies are produced with the same V shaped structural system, that is deformed according to the various uses.
The cabin is closed by louver boards, which let the light getting in, but preserving enough intimacy for the kids play. A large gate oriented toward the fields allows to totally opening the cabin. It is almost impossible to notice when it’s closed, but the kids can open it easily thanks to pneumatic jacks, transforming the cabin into a new playground.
The footpath along the wall is ending on a large heighten platform. Dedicated to outdoor play, it gives an amazing view on the surrounding landscape of oaks and pine trees.
All images by Ultimas Reportagens