MINIMOD is an exploration of the experience of landscape and technology. It presents itself as a primitive retreat with a contemporary reinterpretation. Its compact and efficient design enhances the surroundings of where it is installed and turns them into available landscapes.

Architect: MAPA Architects
Partners: Luciano Andrades, Matías Carballal, Rochelle Castro, Andrés Gobba, Mauricio López, Silvio Machado.
Project Team: Pablo Courreges, Diego Morera, Emiliano Lago, Mauricio Müller, Camilla Pereira.
Photography (Work): Leonardo Finotti ©[email protected]
Photography (Prefab): André Turazzi
Photography (Lifestyle): Fazenda Catuçaba | E. Rengade
Construction: CG Sistemas
Hydraulic Project: Eng. Júlio César Troleis
Electrical project: Eng. Ari Martins Colares

★ Award of the Association of Art Critics of Sao Paulo 2018. Technological Innovation. São Paulo, Brazil
★ Ibero-American Biennial Award for Architecture and Urbanism 2016
★ Selection Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, IIT, Chicago, USA

MINIMOD Catuçaba By MAPA Architects - sheet2We began exploring MINIMOD in 2009 and it still goes on. It´s very first prototype was constructed in Porto Alegre and installed near a lake in the southern wild landscapes. Happily, since then, quite a lot of new places have been explored. Both projects presented here belong to a new MINIMOD generation which inquires the idyllic Fazenda Catuçaba.

This old Fazenda is located in the east of São Paulo Estate surrounded by a chain of coastal mountains. With undulating landscapes and dense vegetation, its captivating views invite the user to be explored. Catuçaba`s MINIMODs move away from the old central house and seek the perfect terrain for being introduced. On top of a hill, on the edge of a small pond, near a stream or at the bottom of a valley; each adapts to its new landscapes and empowers them.

MINIMOD Catuçaba By MAPA Architects - sheet3Both MINIMOD Catuçaba have been built in a factory in an industrial town near São Paulo metropolis. They were transported as separate modules for over 150km, before being installed on-site with the help of crane trucks.

Geographically, these first two MINIMOD Catuçaba units are located in different places 1.000m away from each other. So they adopt different spatial configurations as a response for each situation.

The first one is located in a strategic position on top of a hill, taking a cross disposition on plan. Thus, each space of the shelter looks at a different cardinal point permitting a circular experience of the surrounding nature: dawn, day, sunset and night.

MINIMOD Catuçaba By MAPA Architects - sheet4The second one is placed turning their backs to the road and opening itself to a small pond in the south of the Fazenda, the retreat is hidden among the vegetation of the place. Using the same amount of modules as the cross, but organized in a linear way, it stays parallel to the hill slope and it is integrated through an expansion deck.

MAPA Architects

MAPA is a creative studio whose field of action is architecture. It is a practice focused on creating new material, digital, natural and cultural realities in a sensitive and ground-breaking manner.

The studio works on projects and constructions of diverse scale and complexities across several countries. The practice has been exploring subjects linked with prefabrication and landscape through projects, constructions, prototypes, workshops, theoretical inquiries, and exhibitions.

MAPA’s projects have been recognized on awards such as Premio da Associação Paulista dos Críticos de Artes, Interior Design Magazine Best of the Year Award, the Dezeen Award, the IX and X editions of the Iberoamerican Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, and the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize of the IIT College of Architecture.

MAPA has been published on Financial Times, Wallpaper*, Dwell, Interior Design, Azure, Wired, Elle, Arquitectura Viva, Casa Vogue, and editorials such as Taschen, Thames & Hudson, Gestalten y Arquine, among others.


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