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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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Words to live by

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just back to work after a three month break / the birth of my baby girl….  working on a social media experiment, a bit of corp ID, a DM and a web site or two…  in amongst the chaos of it all, I stumbled on this little quote …. and it struck me,  these are words to live by…

Shameless promotion of my newest creation…

Designed in word press – and yes I am super pleased with it ..:-)

all occasion cards


Most situations really only require one of the following phrases: “thank you”, “sorry” or “f*** you” Well now you won’t even need to speak. All one need do is administer the appropriate hand letter-pressed card, and it’s stated in style, way cooler than what your mouth could do. Thirty-three of each card in a foil stamped box that reads ALL OCCASIONS CARDS.

All Occasion Cards.

“Have nothing in your house that
you do not know to be useful,
or believe to be beautiful.”
– William Morris

Transform Your Hoodie into a Computer Sleeve

In a world full of stuff, smart items should be transformable, editable. They should engage the possibility to be transformed into something else. We do not need a new object, a new thing. Rather we need to get rid of some of them, to reduce the complex network of things around us.

Just undo it is a collection of reversible objects that could be made from a hoodie at no cost, no particular knowledge or tools. See the how to video here.

Alice in Wonderland

The British Library hosts an Alice in Wonderland-themed event, in response to the release of Tim Burton’s colourful take on the classic 19th century tale…

Home to the original manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, the British Library is set to stage Curiouser and Curiouser: The Genius of Alice In Wonderland next Wednesday (February 24) to celebrate the enduring appeal of Lewis Carroll’s 1862 story and the latest film version of Alice’s adventures, directed by Tim Burton, which opens in March. Tickets are still available for the event.

Cast members from the new film – Michael Sheen (White Rabbit) Matt Lucas (Tweedledum and Tweedledee) and Christopher Lee (The Jabberwock) – will be participating in the event and reading extracts from the book. There will also be an appreciation of the Alice stories by writer Will Self, a discussion with Burton’s producer Richard Zanuck and co-producer Joe Roth, and a screening of the earliest film version of the story from 1903, recently restored by the BFI and shown with a live piano accompaniment.

Prior to the event there will be a chance to visit a new display containing highlights of the British Library’s Alice material, showcasing the original manuscript – pages from which are shown here – pages from Carroll’s diaries, the Wonderland Postage Stamp-Case designed by Carroll and also illustrations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Salvador Dali.

The original Alice manuscript was hand written and illustrated by Lewis Carroll (the pseudonym chosen by mathematics don, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) in 1862.

Helen Broderick, curator of Modern Literary Manuscripts at the British Library says, “The appeal of Alice, the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter are as strong today as ever and the British Library is delighted to be able to highlight the rich variety of Alice material that we hold dating from the story’s initial creation in the 1860s through to different translations, parodies and editions created in the 20th century by artists and writers as diverse as Salvador Dali, Mervyn Peake and Vladimir Nabokov.”

For more information on the British Libraries Alice collection go to bl.uk/alice