Remote House – A Small Prefab Home Set on the Coast of Chile

this small house is a prototype for a larger modular housing project. The house has been designed by local architect Felipe Assadi, who has dubbed the prototype “Remote House”. All told it has a floor plan of 861 square feet (80 square meters) – not bad for a three bedroom home.


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Remote House was almost entirely prefabricated off-site in a factory. The construction process took 45 days, after which it was transported, in four pieces by truck, for four hours until they reached the coast. Installation of the house on-site took just 6 hours.


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The four separate modules that make up the house measure 11.5-by-19.6 feet (3.5-by-6 meters). The dimensions of the units were determined by the local road regulations; 11.5 feet (3.5 meters) is the largest width you can tow in Chile without requiring special permits and a police escort.


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The structure of Remote House is composed of a steel frame, over which they installed black timber cladding. There are plenty of window openings along the length of the house that provide lots of natural light in the main living areas (the bedrooms are a bit more enclosed for privacy).

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The floor plan contains three bedrooms; one master bedroom and two single bed rooms found at opposite ends of the house. The single bed rooms each have their own toilet, whereas the main bathroom is found behind the master bedroom.

Remote House - Modular House - Felipe Assadi - Chile - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

The main living area can be found between the bedrooms. It features an open plan living room, dining room and kitchen. The entire unit is heated by a wood burning stove that’s flanked by bookshelves in the living room. The interior’s floor, walls and ceilings are finished in a light pine wood.

For more modular and prefab houses check out Ecolivs sustainable homes that contain a host of green features. Or, the Element 1, a small prefabricated house by Method Homes. See all prefab. See all modular.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Fernando Alda

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. Actually no, it doesn’t look like the single bedrooms each have a toilet. Clicking on the floorplan to get a larger perspective shows 1 bedroom has a toilet and shower, and the second looks more like a cupboard or possibly a room with a small deep bath in it.

    Unfortunately there are no pictures on the architect’s site which would shed some light on this.

    1. Ah, too early in the morning when I wrote this one haha. Now that I’ve looked at it again, it looks like one bedroom has a toilet and sink adjacent to it, while the other is probably a laundry room.

  2. It’s beautiful but I don’t want to walk all the way around thru the kitchen to use the bathroom at night.

  3. It’s not the walk to the large bathroom it’s the patio size sindow in the smaller one. Hopefully travel comes from a different direction and you only have to share your morning constitutional with the neighbors cow. Otherwize a nice set-up.

  4. This layout is great for prefab: usually there’s some odd compromise in the floorplan. I especially like the “engawa” which runs the house’s length facing the ocean. I would prefer a more sound-deadening floor than wood, though I recognize the unity its use has in the overall design and three-color scheme. Given the obviously remote site, I also have no issue with the see-through walls for any of the rooms. And painting the exterior black subordinates an already simple structure to those fabulous views. I’ve seen a couple of this architect’s works elsewhere, and he seems to have a facility for compactness.