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Minimod by MAPA

By Holly von Huene


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Uruguayan/Brazilian architectural firm MAPA created the Minimod in 2013.

This specific dwelling, serving as the perfect weekend escape, measures 291 square feet and is located in Maquiné, Brazil.

The Minimod prefab concept is unique in that many smaller modules such as this one, can be combined to create and endless combination of built environments.

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Minimod by MAPA:

“MINIMOD proposes an innovative, intelligent and sustainable alternative of dwelling.

Starting from a minimal module, MINIMOD invests in customization, design and sustainability.

The production is carried out in a prefabricated manner and enjoys the steel frame system technology, which lets the client adapt the space to his needs, choosing among different finishes, as well as automation options.

Depending on the composition of the modules, MINIMOD can vary the uses ranging from a compact refuge for weekends, a small showroom for events, up to hotels and inns, combining a larger number of modules.

The modules are 100% prefabricated and elevated to a determined place by truck or disassembled into smaller pieces and taken to the ground for final assembly.

The expansion and addition of new modules can be performed either at initial installation or in the middle of the process, according to the needs and budgets of the client.

MINIMOD is more than a product of design, is more than a house.

It’s practicality combined with comfort, it’s economy allied to nature, it’s a unique experience of housing and contemporary living.

MAPA Architects it’s a binational collective that works on architectural projects in Brazil and Uruguay. From this double geographical condition, MAPA explores the limits of non-conventional production formats.

The studio has originally established itself from professional and academic grounds: two complementary fields that create and shape its work.”

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Photos by: Leonardo Finotti

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About Holly von Huene

Holly is a freelance writer living in Toronto. She has written for HomeDSGN for more than 3 years and contributed architecture, interior design and lifestyle content for a number of other publications, including DesignBoom, Apartment Therapy and ArchDaily. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

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