TREEHOUSE SYSTEMConceived by Appleton & Domingos for Jular Madeiras, the Treehouse is a system of 3,3x6,6m modules, easily transported in one piece.With these modules it is possible to build very large area typologies according to the buyer’s needs and within predefined projects. The houses have the ability to evolve, both in design and after construction, combining housing modules and patio modules.For reasons of economy and adaptation to different contexts we chose a language of relatively closed 'boxes', where the openings are well defined and contained.TREEHOUSE 'RIGA'Based on the TreeHouse system, we developed a new dwelling typology, very compact and flexible with only two modules – which aims to meet the demand for reduced area housing for both private use or the hotel industry.In just two modules of about 20m2 each, are organized a living room with integrated kitchen and two small bedrooms – one double and the other for children / guests – sharing a bathroom.A birch wooden running wall / door allows for great versatility by creating two different houses – one during daytime and another during the night – depending on its position.During the day the door is positioned allowing the living room to extend to the children / guest’s room. At night the running door encloses the children / guests bedroom ensuring the necessary privacy and allowing independent access from both bedrooms to the bathroom. Two small patios, one fenced and the other one open, allow the extension of the house to the outside. Its location on opposite sides yet connected to the living room ensures that, regardless of the site, there are always two courtyards of different characteristics.The small size of the house led to the application of relatively large glazings allowing a wide view outdoors which widens the indoors spaces. Contrary to other TreeHouse typologies, this house does not have the capacity to evolve, presenting itself as a closed project yet highly effective in terms of area utilization. Other differences from previous versions relate to the appearance of the house – with painted wood – and the window frames used – also of painted wood.In the choice of materials and constructive solutions we sought to use solutions which are comfortable, environmentally friendly and with controlled costs. The efficiency of the typology design associated with the choice of materials, allowed the construction of a house intended to have a high performance and low cost.