Recycle This: A Pair of Fishermen's Cabins Turned Beachside Cabanas by

Issue 16 · Going Green · April 25, 2014

Recycle This: A Pair of Fishermen's Cabins Turned Beachside Cabanas

Issue 16 · Going Green · April 25, 2014

While most people recycle bottles and cans, Lisbon architect Manuel Aires Mateus salvaged a pair of old fishermen's cabins to create a rustic rental escape. The architect calls the project Cabanas no Rio (which translates to Cabins On The River). The accommodations are divided into two buildings; the kitchen and small seating area in one cabana, and the bedroom and bath in the other. Together the buildings total 678 square feet, making it a very cozy stay. Maximum occupancy: two.

Photography by Nelson Garrido

The sleeping quarters and bathroom of Cabanas Rio by Manuel Aires Mateus | Remodelista

Above: The cabin framework was constructed offsite before being transported to their new locale: a white sand beach overlooking the Sado River in Comporta, Portugal. All of the wood used for the buildings and furniture came from two old fisherman's cabins and was left untreated to further develop a weathered look. 

Opening the door on Cabanas no Rio | Remodelista

Above: The front door opens to reveal the bedroom, and then opens again to uncover the shower. 

Cabanas Rio Bed/Remodelista

Above: The bed, fitted in white sheets, has a mosquito net canopy. A bulb on a cloth cord is hung as a bedside light.

Living Area in Cabanas Rio | Remodelista

Above: The seating area, furnished in all white, overlooks the jetty. The cabins come with a kayak (and they even have Wi-Fi).

Fisherman Cabin Rio/Remodelista

Above: A sideboard conceals storage.

Cabana Sink Rio/Remodelista

Above: The kitchen sink is concealed beneath the counter.

Cabana Portugal Storage/Remodelista

Above: Mateus conceals plenty of storage.

The Small Kitchen in Cabanas no Rio | Remodelista

Above L: The seams of each wall carefully come together in a point on the ceiling. Above R: Behind the seating area, a slab of wood opens up to reveal a tiny cooking area. 

Shower at Cabanas Rio | Remodelista

Above: A towel hangs on the bedroom door and the front vestibule cleverly doubles as part of the shower. Bathers can shower out in the open, or close the doors for privacy.

Rainfall Showerhead in Cabanas no Rio | Remodelista

Above: The rustic setup has a rainfall shower head. 

The Jetty at Cabanas Rio | Remodelista

Above: Cabanas no Rio overlook the Sado River, a nature reserve that's home to flamingos, storks, and dolphins. They rent for €200 a night for two, including breakfast and daily cleaning. For more details and to make reservations, go to Cabanas no Rio

Below: The cabanas are located in Comporta, Portugal, an hour south of Portugal.

Peruse our other Architect Visits for more inspiration, and don't miss 10 Shops & Restaurants Made From Shipping Containers. Have a look at Landscape Architecture on Gardenista, plus a Garden Visit to the Academy of Sciences' Living Rooftop

Have an opinion? Care to comment? We'd love to hear what you have to say.