The joys of prefabricated housing are many, but we’re particularly partial to its environmentally friendly benefits. South American architecture studio MAPA’s recently completed Retreat in Finca Aguy is one such eco-friendly example. The beautiful 115-square-meter prefabricated home was carefully lowered into a Uruguayan olive grove, where it was installed with minimal environmental disturbance.
The Retreat in Finca Aguy was prefabricated offsite in a factory near Montevideo in a process that minimizes construction waste and saves on costs. The compact structure comprises two identical blocky modules, each measuring around 12.5 meters (41 feet) in length. A truck transported the completed modules 200 kilometers (124 miles) to Pueblo Edén, where they were lowered into place and joined together atop two intersecting stone walls. The architects also installed additional structural elements, hidden from view, to ensure the home’s stability.
Set within an olive grove overlooking beautiful rural views, the house is fortified against the elements with its corrugated metal facade. Full-height glazing is installed into the two long sides of the home but can be shielded from view with movable timber louvers. The interior matches the facade’s material palette, with timber lining the walls, floors, and ceilings, while handsome black furnishings and countertops provide contrast.
“In landscapes of high natural value, it is fundamental to respect their original condition and so a reversibility condition is essential,” said the architects to Dezeen. “Prefabrication allows us to work with industrialised materials that enable high-precision processes, thus reducing the impact of construction on the ground, minimising waste, staff in-situ and displacement.”