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MIMA House / Mima Architects

  • 01:00 - 15 December, 2011
MIMA House / Mima Architects
MIMA House / Mima Architects, © Jose Campos
© Jose Campos

© Jose Campos © Jose Campos © Jose Campos © Jose Campos +22

From the architect. MIMA started with the intention of planning a dwelling that responds directly to the lifestyle of nowadays’ societies. How can architecture adapt to the quick life changes and ambitions of a well informed and increasingly exigent society? MIMA architects researched for years to design a fast produced, flexible, light and cheap yet good quality product, wrapped up with a pleasant clean design.

© Jose Campos
© Jose Campos

Motivation

More fundamentally, MIMA responds to the modern dream for clean sophisticated design and bright open spaces, launching in the housing market a dream 36 sqm dwelling which costs the same as a mid-range car.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

Inspiration

MIMA’s concept is fundamentally inspired on the traditional Japanese house, the perfect paradigm for lightness, flexibility, comfort and pleasing lines. The restrained order of its standardized building parts appealed to MIMA architects as the hallmark of a deeply rooted culture, confirmed over centuries and easily adaptable to any new development.

© Jose Campos
© Jose Campos

MIMA uses prefabricated construction methods, the secret for its quick production and low price. Likewise, traditional Japanese residential post-and-beam construction could be considered inherently a system of prefabrication: it was based on regularized column spacing known as the ken, the infill elements of shoji screens, fusuma panels and tatami mats, prefabricated by individual craftsmen in different locations of Japan could be precisely put together almost like pieces of a puzzle.

Elevation
Elevation

Flexibility/Mutability

MIMA consists of a square post-and- beam structure completely glazed on all sides, subdivided by modular 1.5mx3m wooden frames. 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.

© Jose Campos
© Jose Campos

The inside is defined by a regular grid of 1.5m, whose intermediate lines leave gaps for internal walls to be added when needed. Again, in a matter of seconds, a subdivided space can be replaced by an open space or vice versa. Moreover, each side of internal and external walls can have a different color/finishing, which allows a dramatic change through a simple wall rotation. Despite its standardized construction methods, MIMA houses can be customized in so many parameters, that you’ll hardly see two equal houses.

© Jose Campos
© Jose Campos

Interface

MIMA houses can be tested and customized any time at www.mimahousing.pt. A 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. This software allows for walking inside the house and defining the architectural finishes– external walls, internal divisions, materials and colors.

© Jose Campos
© Jose Campos

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Cite: "MIMA House / Mima Architects" 15 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/192043/mima-house-mima-architects/>
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RAISE_TATA TISCON · August 25, 2012

Weekend Inspiration! MIMA House by Mima Architects at Viana do Castelo, Portugal.... http://t.co/hpAkTeS9

RAISE_TATA TISCON · August 25, 2012

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Thomas Proctor · August 18, 2012

I enjoy the small functional space... a little too much. It has all the space anyone would need, and yet some shy away from the concept still.

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ruy · April 23, 2012

Boa tarde, adoro o conceito
Preciso de saber algumas informações, tais como, -que licenças precisa, pois será amovivel?,se o preço inclui as infrasestruturas, senão quanto mais?
O meu obrigado
Ruy Costa

María Tapia · April 08, 2012

Mima house, winner of ArchDaily 2011 House of the Year. Japanese inspiration: http://t.co/pRp1khR4 and http://t.co/rONEtIXh

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