mima architects: mima house
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dec 13, 2011
mima architects: mima house


‘mima house’ by mima architects, viana do castelo, portugal
all images © josé campos
all images courtesy of josé campos + mima architects

portuguese practice mima architects have created ‘mima house‘, a prefabricated dwelling currently resting in viana do castelo
in northern portugal. flexible, light and fast produced, the cost of the 36 square meter structure is comparable in cost to a
mid-range car. a modular 1.5 meter grid arranges four windows along the facade as well as interior walls which may be
easily moved by two people.

doubling as wooden framed doors, the center units may swing open and rest in front of the outer window. plywood partitions
may be implemented for privacy with natural wood tones or a vibrant color finish by rotating the panel. the framework and
customization options encourages diverse outcomes, making it difficult to find two identical homes.


opening door within front elevation
image © josé campos

once a site has been determined, homebuyers may define the parameters of the exterior and interior dividers and finishes
based upon their individual needs with a 3-d interface. afterwards, a 1:50 scale model and specifications book
representing their selections will be mailed to them for approval. currently, these residences are only available in europe.


resting on the front porch
image © josé campos


front elevation closed
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(left) door swings open and rests in front of the window
(right) wood framed glass doors
images © josé campos


solid panels to protect from solar gain
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colorful panels may be added to personalize the exterior
image © josé campos


solid panels for passive solar practices
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the panels are easy to install
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placing modular wall
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placing modular wall
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living and kitchen area
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modular wall partition
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view through the trees
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dwelling placed within a forested area
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opening panels at night
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at night
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at night
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floor plan / level 0


section


elevation

movie by mário sousa and marta b.
music by mário sousa
photos by josé campos

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