MAPA Expands its Portfolio of Contemporary Prefab Homes

A few years ago MAPA caused a bit of a stir with their elegantly designed MINIMOD. Since their inception they’ve expanded upon their original offering, developing a host of new variations.

MAPA, an architecture firm based in Brazil, specializes in the design and production of manufactured homes. While the MiNIMOD may resemble a container home, it’s actually composed of a purpose-built wooden structure, not a corrugated steel shell.

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Project Details
Architects MAPA
Location Catuçaba, Brazil
Area 42-square-meters
Year 2015
Photos Leonardo Finotti, Fazenda Catuçaba

These new editions physically expand on the original design. One of the offerings is simply a longer version of the original MINIMOD, the other is a new home built in the shape of a plus sign with intersecting living areas. Both are stated to contain around 42-square-meters (542-square-meter).

The designs make use of what they call “plug and play” technology, geared towards making it easier to install your MINIMOD in your chosen environment. The construction of the home’s take advantage of recent timber developments; they’ve made use of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) to create the structure.

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CLT has the advantage of being both very strong and well insulated. It’s also a sustainable way to produce structures, and is currently being investigated for use in high-rise buildings. It seems MAPA have managed to successfully integrate industrial technologies into their much more humble projects.

The home shown in the pictures is located to the east of São Paulo, set among the lush countryside and mountain ranges of the coast. A key aspect of the home’s design, is the aim to take advantage of the surrounding scenery, providing broad uninterrupted views of whatever landscape the unit finds itself in.

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MAPA’s homes are built under factory conditions before being transport by truck to their owner’s site, where they can be hoisted into position by a crane.

Photos © Leonardo Finotti, Fazenda Catuçaba

    1. Kitty – you wouldn’t be the only one; several people have said the exact same thing. I personally don’t mind it, so long as it’s balanced out i.e. not a plywood box.

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