Modular Box, Porto | Portugal

Conceptual design

Project Design and architecture
office and showroom
Location Porto, Portugal
Year of construction 2013

Client SPSS Lda.
SPSS Design,
José Simoes
Use of solid wood panels
binderholz 3-layer solid wood panels
for the construction and interior design

With its "Modular Box", the Porto-based design and architecture office SPPS has created a modern building that combines different construction materials, like wood and steel, to create a harmonious overall design. The Modular Box is used as a design and architecture office, and also as a showroom.






Unique features

The unique feature of this building is that the prefabricated timber room elements can be combined with a steel transport container. binderholz 3-layer solid wood panels of spruce and larch, in thicknesses varying from 12 to 50 mm, were used for the building and the interior design of the modular elements.

Floor plan of ground floor
1 Entrance
2 WC
3 Container
4 Inner garden
Floor plan of 1st floor
5 Container
6 Built-in desk

binderholz 3-layer solid wood panels for cladding the floor, wall and ceiling

The excellent dimensional stability and strength of the panels enable them to be used as cladding forthe walls and ceiling, as well as for floors and staircases. Solid wood panels provide a natural andenvironmentally-friendly building solution especially for interior fit-outs.

The key benefits of the 3-layer panels include their ease of working and handling as well as theirflexible surface treatment.

270 m² of binderholz 3-layer solid wood panels were used on an area of 110 m² in the Modular Box. The construction was completed within one month.

3-layer solid wood panels for the floor, wall and ceiling cladding
Flexible use of the 3-layer panels in built-in furniture construction
Solid wood gives the building a warm and natural atmosphere

Modular Box as a prototype

The design office SPSS Lda. exhibits its own designs of wooden furniture and decorations in therooms of the Modular Box, a space characterised by the warm and natural appearance of solid woodpanels. The space also doubles as the workplace of the architect who designed this Modular Box.

The Modular Box is the prototype for modular building with wood, which SPSS has now utilised in itsdesign of an eco-home.

Stark contrast between the steel container and wooden finish
Bright interior design flooded with natural daylight
Staircase with visible solid wood panels
Solid wood panels for the interior design

Photo: Ricardo Oliveira, Arq und SPSS Design

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