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Mima House. Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Mima House by Mima Architects

Designed by Mima Architects, the Mima House started from the intention of planning a dwelling that responds directly to the lifestyle of our society.

Mima House by Mima Architects

Large windows on each elevation have wooden frames and hinge open as doors.

Mima House by Mima Architects

With customised plywood panels, which are provided separately to transform the windows into walls and to create privacy when necessary.

 

Mima House by Mima Architects

Mima House by Mima Architects

 

Mima House by Mima Architects

The Mima House construction was inspired by the traditional Japanese residential post-and-beam construction, which could be considered an inherent system of pre-fabrication. The regularised column spacing known as the ken and the infill elements such as shoji screens, fusuma panels and tatami mats, prefabricated by individual craftsmen in different locations of Japan were designed for precise assembly,  like pieces of a puzzle.

Mima House by Mima Architects

Allowing the architecture of the Mima House to respond and adapt quickly to the life changes and ambitions from within.

Mima House by Mima Architects

The Mima House has a modular structure and can be divided into rooms with a grid of removable partitions.

Mima House by Mima Architects

 

Mima House by Mima Architects

Mima House by Mima Architects

Mima House by Mima Architects

The use of prefabricated construction methods, ensure quick production and low costs.

Mima House by Mima Architects

Mima House by Mima Architects

MIMA consists of a square post-and- beam structure completely glazed on all sides, subdivided by modular 1,5mx3m wooden frames.

Mima House by Mima Architects

MIMA houses come with additional plywood panels which can be placed on the inside and the outside of the building, for a replacement of any window by a wall in a matter of seconds. The inside is defined by a regular grid of 1,5m, whose intermediate lines leave gaps for internal walls to be added when needed.

Mima House by Mima Architects

In a matter of seconds, a subdivided space can be replaced by an open space or vice versa.

Mima House by Mima Architects

Each side of internal and external walls can have a different color/finishing, which can allow a dramatic change through simple wall rotation.

Mima House by Mima Architects

Despite its standardised construction methods, MIMA houses can be customised in so many ways, that you wi€™ll rarely see two identical houses.

Mima House by Mima Architects

MIMA houses can be tested and customised any time at http://www.mimahousing.pt.

Mima House by Mima Architects

The 3D software developed by MIMA’€™s architects and software engineers allows a recognition of your land through Google Earth and generates an automatic 3D model for a realistic perception of the house and site.

Mima House by Mima Architects

This software allows for walking inside the house and defining the architectural finishes,€“ external walls, internal divisions, materials and colors.

Mima House by Mima Architects

QUICK FACTS:

CONSTRUCTION: June 2011

COST: A 36 sq.m. prefabricated house in Portugal costs about the same price to manufacture as a a mid-range family car.

CREDIT: Photographs by José Campos

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