Font Rubi Cottage – A Prefab Summer House from Spain

Back in 2015, architects Marc Mogas and Jordi Roig collaborated to create this small summer house on the behalf of a client. They faced the usual constraints: a fixed budget, client requirements and a location demanding of something more than ordinary.


Together they produced this small wood clad getaway, which is set on an elevated site overlooking the countryside of Camprodon in Girona, Spain.

Font Rubi Cottage - Marc Mogas & Jordi Roig - Spain - Exterior - Humble Homes


The project, titled Font Rubi Cottage, has a 1076-square-foot (100-square-meter) floor plan. The owner had a two main demands for Mogas and Roig, namely, that the house be built from wood and that they try to stick to the budget. With this in mind they set about creating a “low technology mountain shelter”.

Font Rubi Cottage - Marc Mogas & Jordi Roig - Spain - Living Room - Humble Homes


The plot of land is composed of an awkward and long trapezoid. It also has gradient of 20% that creates a difference in levels of 46 feet (14 meters) from one end of the site to the other. Trees are scattered across the length of the plot, and it was a priority for the designers that the majority of them remain.

Font Rubi Cottage - Marc Mogas & Jordi Roig - Spain - Kitchen - Humble Homes

Three main measures were taken to help control the budget. They were: to minimize on-site excavation, to prefabricate the structure and to minimize the use of aids during the process. The main one is prefabrication of the house – without this the other two two measures could easily have been more substantial.

Font Rubi Cottage - Marc Mogas & Jordi Roig - Spain - Bedroom - Humble Homes

The structure was transported by road in modules. The modules were composed of the bedrooms, a living room and kitchen, and a third section that’s used to form a loft over the living area. The result is a series of small, but well appointed living areas, finished in a mix of wood, concrete and painted drywall.

Font Rubi Cottage - Marc Mogas & Jordi Roig - Spain - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

One side of the home is dedicated to the bedrooms and bathroom, with a master suite and two single beds. The other half contains an open plan living room, dining area and kitchen. A staircase also leads up to a little mezzanine with a low ceiling height. It seems to be used as a spot for reading.

For more prefab houses check out this environmentally friendly prefab house by Ecospace. Or, Avalon House, a green roofed prefab home set along the coast of New South Wales. See all prefab houses.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: José Hevia

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. Nancy, it is in Spain. Unless you live in Spain then the price/cost is irrelevant as costs around the world vary so much. Want horrendous costs? Well come on down the New Zealand… pretty much world leaders in that department, and that’s for run of the mill housing too. Uber Trendy houses? Stratosphere is the limit.

    1. As some one living in Spain, I’d love to actually know the budget for the house. Low end finica rusticas that need reforming and are not “mobile home” type places run about €30,000.

    2. …Agree… NZ new build dwellings are expensive items plus the land underneath them…only for the super rich…