Art & Design: MIMA House by MIMA Architects

Portuguese practice MIMA has designed a low-cost, prefabricated house that can be quickly produced, relocated easily and adapted to suit its inhabitants.

The structure, inspired by the clean lines and flexibility of traditional Japanese housing, utilizes light and fast-produced materials including plywood, making the structure’s overall cost akin to that of a mid-range car. A basic 36 sq meter grid skeleton enables additional panels and partitions to be added onto the façade or interior of the dwelling within seconds, and also modified with color for individual personalization.

Software developed by MIMA enables users to choose their plot location through Google Earth, which then generates a 3D model of the proposed home.

In 2011 we reported on similar concepts, WikiHouse and Softshelter, enabling users to adapt, manipulate and re-design housing systems to suit their personal requirements.  These concepts for low-cost, flexible living could increasingly enable consumers to have complete creative control over the design aesthetics of their lifestyle products. – Samantha Fox

Images courtesy of Dezeen.

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  • I’ve seen this kind of thing before and for some reason it still hasn’t really caught on (well at least not here in the UK anyway). I think they look great!

  • Sadly, building codes in desirable NJ townships would kill a project like this [not to mention envious/jealous neighbors]. I would love to have something this stylish AND affordable.

  • Interior design is equally as important as exterior design. A good exterior design will not gain justice without an equally good interior design. Your homes interior can directly reflect your own personality. A good home interior is a great way of proving yourself that you have a good life.

  • I agree with David Chola, we need to keep both areas with a good look, the exterior is the first impression of a place and the interior is the one that seal the opinion.