MINIMOD: Off Site Construction Technology by MAPA

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About MAPA

Architects: MAPA
Project: MINIMOD
Area: 27 sq.m.
Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Year: 2013
Photography: Leonardo Finotti

Description from architects

MINIMOD proposes an innovative, intelligent and sustainable alternative for dwelling, enjoying the benefits of the off site construction (OSC) technology, with no waste and no mess. The house has a modulated structure and design, which allows multiple configurations and customizations. 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 allows the client program definition needs and choice of finishes, as well as automation options. Depending on the composition of the modules, the MINIMOD offers different possibilities – ranging from a compact weekend retreat, a small show room for events up to larger programs and elaborated as hotels and inns, combining a larger number of modules. The modules are 100% prefabricated. MINIMOD than is take to any site by truck or disassembled into smaller pieces and taken to the ground for final assembly. This allows for a clean work without harming the natural environment.

Importantly, 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, and it’s a unique experience of housing and contemporary living.

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About MAPA

MAPA is a creative studio whose field of action is architecture. It is a practice focused on creating new material, digital, natural and cultural realities in a sensitive and ground-breaking manner.

The studio works on projects and constructions of diverse scale and complexities across several countries. The practice has been exploring subjects linked with prefabrication and landscape through projects, constructions, prototypes, workshops, theoretical inquiries and exhibitions.

MAPA's projects have been recognized on awards such as Premio da Associacao Paulista dos Criticos de Artes, Interior Design Magazine Best of the Year Award, the Dezeen Award, the IX and X editions of the Iberoamerican Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, and the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize of the IIT College of Architecture.

MAPA has been published on TIME Magazine, Financial Times, Wallpaper*, Dwell, Interior Design, Azure, Wired, Elle, Arquitectura Viva, Casa Vogue, and editorials such as Taschen, Thames & Hudson, Gestalten y Arquine, among others.

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AddressLuis Alberto de Herrera 1042/L01, Montevideo, Uruguay. CP 11300
Phone+598 2624 0530


AddressTravessa Azevedo 307, Terceiro Andar Porto Alegre, Brazil. CEP 90220-200
Phone+55 51 3312 6574

United States

Address717 N Highland Ave, suite 6 Los Angeles, CA, USA. 90038
Phone+1 213 985 2944

MINIMOD: Off Site Construction Technology by MAPA