There’s way more than meets the eye at this minimalist vacation home in Guimarães, Portugal. Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs and Diogo Aguiar Studio designed the modern mountain cabin to disguise pretty much everything in the home except the essentials.
Clad in narrow timber planks both inside and outside, the compact home blends perfectly into its wooded surroundings. At first glance, the space is exceedingly simple, but in fact, it’s hiding away the kitchen, storage, bathroom, and bed behind moveable timber walls that create a now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t effect.
When the doors are closed, the house becomes a simple square room. When they’re open, they reveal an efficient, clever layout that has everything a visitor could need.
The living room doubles as a bedroom thanks to a bed that folds up into the wall. Accordion doors hide a compact kitchen that includes a sink, bar storage, and a stove. The bathroom, likewise, is hidden behind doors with same wood pattern; a skylight illuminates the small space naturally.