Prefabricated modular home by MAPA
delivered to the Brazilian countryside


Architecture collective MAPA of Brazil and Uruguay has built a prefabricated modular home and transported it by lorry to a picturesque spot in the countryside outside Porto Alegre (photos by Leonardo Finotti + slideshow).

Minimod modular mobile home by MAPA Architects

MAPA, which was formed by the merging of separate studios MAAM and StudioParalelo, built the mobile residence as the prototype for Minimod, a business creating bespoke modular structures that can be used as homes, remote hotels, pop-up shops or temporary showrooms.

Minimod modular mobile home by MAPA Architects

The residential retreat comprises four modules, creating separate areas for sleeping, lounging, dining and bathing within a simple steel-framed structure.

Minimod modular mobile home by MAPA Architects

The two end walls of the building are entirely glazed. At one end, this frames views out from the bedroom area, while at the other it creates a shower room that can be treated as both an inside or outside space, depending on which doors have been opened.

Minimod modular mobile home by MAPA Architects

Huge shutters also hinge away from the side walls to reveal floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing residents to open their living space out to the surroundings.

Minimod modular mobile home by MAPA Architects

The base of the building is raised off the ground to protect it from rising damp and the roof is covered with plants that integrate a natural system of rainwater harvesting and filtration.

Minimod modular mobile home by MAPA Architects

The structure was entirely prefabricated before being delivered to its rural location, but MAPA says the buildings can also be transported in pieces and assembled onsite.

Photography is by Leonardo Finotti.

Here's some extra text from the design team:

MINIMOD proposes an innovative, intelligent and sustainable alternative of dwelling

Starting from a minimal module, MINIMOD invests in customisation, design and sustainability. The production is carried out in a prefabricated manner and enjoys the steel frame system technology, which lets the client adapt the space to his needs, choosing among different finishes, as well as automation options.

Minimod modular mobile home by MAPA Architects

Depending on the composition of the modules, MINIMOD can vary the uses ranging from a compact refuge for weekends, a small showroom for events, up to hotels and inns, combining a larger number of modules. The modules are 100% prefabricated and elevated to a determined place by truck or disassembled into smaller pieces and taken to the ground for final assembly.

Minimod modular mobile home by MAPA Architects

The expansion and addition of new modules can be performed either at initial installation or in the middle of the process, according to the needs and budgets of the client. MINIMOD is more than a product of design, is more than a house. It's practicality combined with comfort, it's economy allied to nature, it's a unique experience of housing and contemporary living.

Minimod modular mobile home by MAPA Architects
Floor plan - click for larger image

MAPA Architects it's a binational collective that works on architectural projects in Brazil and Uruguay. From this double geographical condition, MAPA explores the limits of non-conventional production formats. The studio has originally established itself from professional and academic grounds: two complementary fields that create and shape its work.

Minimod modular mobile home by MAPA Architects
Long section - click for larger image

Project: MINIMOD
Year: 2013
Prototype area: 27m2
Prototype volume: 81m3
Prototype location: Maquiné, RS, Brazil

Minimod modular mobile home by MAPA Architects
Elevation - click for larger image

Authors: MAPA Architects
Luciano Andrades, Matías Carballal, Rochelle Castro, Andrés Gobba, Mauricio López, Silvio Machado, Camilla Pereira, Jaqueline Lessa, Alexis Arbelo, Pamela Davyt, Emiliano Etchegaray, Camila Thiesen, Pablo Courreges, Diego Morera, Isabella Madureira, Aldo Lanzi, Emiliano Lago.

  • Ronald Werner

    Stunning design!

  • Cris

    Where does the toilet fit?

    • Jon Jorgensen

      Cris, the loo is hung next to the sink. Privacy comes via sliding doors.

      • Cris

        Oh, I see it now :) Thanks. Great design!

  • shane

    How is this different than a trailer? Gloried trailer.

  • Jon Jorgensen

    This is elegant and awesome! I appreciate the simplicity, economy and narrow/clean walls but would want to look at what else might be incorporated into the walls besides the TV. Perhaps a built-in murphy-bed and some fold-down furniture that would be concealed in the walls. I want one!

  • icc

    Casa MTO legal sim, mas qual seria o preço dela?

  • ScrapPaper

    What Brazil needs is more uplifting, affordable housing for the poor, not more weekend houses for the rich.

  • Agatha

    Check the Archmodular made by Polish designers Marruu. Though I like the design above, the other version of same arrangement is way more functional and good-looking :)