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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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