Infiniski Menta House / James & Mau

  • 31 Jul 2012
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© Luis Salazar

Architects: James & Mau
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Luis Salazar

Project Area: 100.0 sqm
General Contractor And Manager: Infiniski

The house of 100m2 is designed in the shape of a cube organized on one level, including a central living area with an open kitchen, 2 rooms and a common bathroom.

© Luis Salazar

Located in the country side of the Tarragona Province, the project was thought of as a weekend house, which needed to be easy to use, efficient and which would take full advantage of its natural surroundings. The house was designed as a “living Box” which can be “opened”, “closed”, “switched on” “heated”, “cooled down” efficiently, easily and rapidly. The house is designed as a cube ‐ rational and functional ‐ where the transition between exterior and interior areas is as fluid as possible.

© Luis Salazar

The façade system uses Corten Steel panels which create an eye‐catching contrast with its natural surroundings. The shutters play an important role both for the aesthetic value of the house and its energetic efficiency. The Shutters, which are completely integrated within the façade, use perforated panels of Corten Steel. The panels are perforated with the shape of Mint leaves which project luminous forms in the interior during day and in the exterior at night, a little like a “light box”. Those perforated shutters, when closed also work as a solar protector allowing air and light to pass through.

© Luis Salazar

The project relies on a bioclimatic architecture adapting the form and positioning of the house to its energetic needs: natural ventilation, passive solar design, intelligent façade system, natural shades ect.

© Luis Salazar

Instead of using shipping containers, Infiniski decided to use 4 prefabricated (inhouse) metal modules. The house uses 3 modules (ISO transport) which serve as structure. The walls are composed of an eco‐friendly insulation layer made of sheep wool, and cellulose panels. With the joint action of its bioclimatic design, the use of eco‐friendly building materials, the use of renewable energies ( in this case Biomass heating and solar panels) the house gains very high thermal efficiency and was recognized with the highest level of energetic efficiency (Certification A) by the Regional Institute of Energy ICAEN. This allows a reduction up to 60% of energetic consumption.

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The house cost 100.000 Euros and was built in 3 months.

Cite: "Infiniski Menta House / James & Mau" 31 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 Sep 2014. <>


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    “mint Leaves” Hahahahaha

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    lol ok. its a “weekend house,” i get it. Not necessarily as much of a light box as it is a hot box.

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    i love the ganja leaf. says this house is all about love and peace and snoop dogg is always invited. i’d put one on my house but too scared the cops will never stop knocking

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    Nice simple layout, wouldn’t mind popping round for a cup of “tea”… Hmmmm Mint Tea…

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    “The house cost 100.000 Euros and was built in 3 months.”
    In reality the house could have cost 50.000 Euros and been finished in 2 months if it weren’t for the builders always having munchies.

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    Not to be blunt about it, but it seems like a nice little joint. Seems quite like they hashed out the highest and best use for this pot, I mean plot.

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      Best comment!

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    “This allows a reduction up to 60% of energetic consumption.” and a 500% increase in Frito Lay consumption.

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    This house features the best AD comments ever :D
    Isn’t it interesting, how the application of a symbol produces such fun in the commenting sphere? I love it! :D

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