Madrid-based architecture firm Baragaño Architects has designed a prefabricated home, which only took four months to produce and five hours to erect. Transported 600 miles across the Cantabrian Mountains, ‘Casa Montaña‘ now sits proudly amongst the picturesque scenery of Asturias’ autonomous region.
Predominantly made from wood, slate and galvanised steel, the two-story home consists of eight components. The bottom four are cubic while the top four have been designed to form the angular frame of the black slate rooftop, which has been added by local craftsmen. The suspended staircase acts as the central element, with the open-plan ground floor weaving around it. The upstairs consists of two rooms, separated by a translucent polycarbonate wall. Although using industrialized and contemporary construction methods, the home has been designed to complement the aesthetic of the rural setting – the architects explain, “[It’s] technology and tradition in the days of brexit.” With Casa Montaña, Baragaño Architects showcase the benefits of architectural prefabrication; minimal noise pollution and rural disruption, quick production turnaround, financial benefits and ease of transportation – the house can be disassembled and moved to another location. Baragaño Architects explain the process as, “New ways of conceiving housing, a high quality product, that tries to approach the automotive and aeronautics industry, that allows a future growth of the building [and] offers a way of using the space in a much more dynamic, versatile and rational way.”