Mima House by Mima Architects

MIMA House by MIMA Architects

This prefabricated house in Portugal costs about the same price to manufacture as a family car (photographs by José Campos).

Mima House by Mima Architects

Designed 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

Large windows on each elevation have wooden frames and hinge open as doors.

Mima House by Mima Architects

Plywood panels transform the windows into walls to create privacy where necessary.

Mima House by Mima Architects

Some other interesting Portuguese house we've featured include one that the architect describes as a grey house with a black backpack and another with gaping chasms in the roof - see all our stories about Portugal here.

Mima House by Mima Architects

Here's some more text from the architects:


MIMA House
Viana do Castelo, Portugal

MIMA started from the intention of planning a dwelling that responds directly to the lifestyle of nowadays’ societies.

Mima House by Mima Architects

How can architecture adapt to the quick life changes and ambitions of a well informed and increasingly exigent society?

Mima House by Mima Architects

MIMA architects researched during years to be able to put together on a single object a fast produced, flexible, light and cheap yet good quality product, wrapped up with a pleasant clean design.

Mima House by Mima Architects

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 sq.m. dwelling which costs the same as a mid-range car.

Mima House by Mima Architects

Inspiration

MIMA’s concept is fundamentally inspired on the traditional Japanese house, the perfect paradigm for lightness, flexibility, comfort and pleasing lines.

Mima House by Mima Architects

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.

Mima House by Mima Architects

MIMA uses prefabricated construction methods, the secret for its quick production and low price.

Mima House by Mima Architects

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.

Mima House by Mima Architects

Flexibility/Mutability

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

Again, in a matter of seconds, a subdivided space can be replaced by an open space or vice versa.

Mima House by Mima Architects

Moreover, each side of internal and external walls can have a different color/finishing, which allows a dramatic change through a simple wall rotation.

Mima House by Mima Architects

Despite its standardized construction methods, MIMA houses can be customized in so many parameters, that you’ll hardly see two equal houses.

Mima House by Mima Architects

Interface

MIMA houses can be tested and customized any time at www.mimahousing.pt.

Mima House by Mima Architects

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.

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

Construction: June 2011