A Modular Tiny House Prototype With A Sustainable And Innovative Design

A while back studio Duda Porto Arquitetura came up with a design for a tiny cabin, a structure that could potentially be used in a lot of different environments. It could function as a home, a guest suite or it could be part of a hotel or a resort. For the exhibition which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the entire structure was put together in 15 days. For residential use, this little house could be finished in only 2 months. It’s prefabricated and can be transported and assembled on site which greatly reduces the impact on the environment and offers more flexibility in general.

Its design is simple and the overall shape is meant to resemble a typical house with a gabled roof and a clean and minimal shape overall. A lot of different configurations are possible based on this modular design. Several units can be connected to create a larger structure or they can be extended based on the users’ needs. The main module measures 7.95 meters x 4.30 meters with together with the attached bathroom (5.10 square meters) adds up to a total of 39.30 square meters.

The prefab module has a cabin-like design with simple lines and a modern aestheticView in gallery
The prefab module has a cabin-like design with simple lines and a modern aesthetic
Large windows and glazed surfaces ensure a strong connection between the building and its surroundingsView in gallery
Large windows and glazed surfaces ensure a strong connection between the building and its surroundings

The module features a durable and sturdy steel frame with thermal acoustic cladding, OSB wood and concrete panels for a clean and modern look. Large glass panels let in the natural light, reducing energy consumption. This tiny house can also be fitted with solar panels and rainwater harvesting tanks which emphasizes its sustainability. Furthermore, it was designed to easily adapt to its surroundings and in that sense a series of outdoor features are available such as a treehouse, a pet house, a vegetable garden and an outdoor patio with a double-sided fireplace. Any combination can be added to create the perfect configuration for each individual environment.

The overall simplicity of the design gives this little house a sophisticated appearanceView in gallery
The overall simplicity of the design gives this little house a sophisticated appearance
A wooden deck and several other features can be added for a stronger connection with the outdoorsView in gallery
A wooden deck and several other features can be added for a stronger connection with the outdoors
This small structure can have a variety of different functions and can even serve as a homeView in gallery
This small structure can have a variety of different functions and can even serve as a home
Design-wise, this resembles a typical house or a cabin which creates a sense of familiarity and comfortView in gallery
Design-wise, this resembles a typical house or a cabin which creates a sense of familiarity and comfort
The design focuses a lot on sustainability, offering a series of features such as solar panels and cisterns for collecting rainwaterView in gallery
The design focuses a lot on sustainability, offering a series of features such as solar panels and cisterns for collecting rainwater
The optional treehouse and pet house are designed in the same style as the main buildingView in gallery
The optional treehouse and pet house are designed in the same style as the main building
A deck lounge and a vegetable garden can be added outside and they can be customized in a variety of waysView in gallery
A deck lounge and a vegetable garden can be added outside and they can be customized in a variety of ways
The main module together with the attached bathroom measure almost 40 square meters which is enough space for a lot of different possibilitiesView in gallery
The main module together with the attached bathroom measure almost 40 square meters which is enough space for a lot of different possibilities
The proposed interior design is modern with a hint of classic eleganceView in gallery
The proposed interior design is modern with a hint of classic elegance
The large windows ensure a close relationship between the house and the immediate surroundingsView in gallery
The large windows ensure a close relationship between the house and the immediate surroundings
Nature and the outdoors can also be brought insideView in gallery
Nature and the outdoors can also be brought inside