MIMA architects: MIMA house
MIMA architects: MIMA house MIMA architects: MIMA house
dec 13, 2011

MIMA architects: MIMA house

‘MIMA house’ by MIMA architects, viana do castelo, portugalall images © josé campos




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 elevationimage © 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 porchimage © josé campos

front elevation closed image © josé campos

(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 image © josé campos

colorful panels may be added to personalize the exterior image © josé campos

solid panels for passive solar practices image © josé campos

the panels are easy to install image © josé campos

placing modular wall image © josé campos

placing modular wall image © josé campos

living and kitchen area image © josé campos

modular wall partition image © josé campos

view through the trees image © josé campos

dwelling placed within a forested area image © josé campos

opening panels at night image © josé campos

at night image © josé campos

at night image © josé campos

floor plan / level 0





movie by mário sousa and marta b.
music by mário sousa
photos by josé campos
  • muito bom!

    faz-me lembrar o arquivo do Zé Martins na zona de Eiras

    André em Tunes says:
  • Exceptional. So many ways that it can be used and with triangulation, create L & U shape dwellings d:-)

    Jetwax says:

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