The Curucaca Valley is located in the mountain region of southern Brazil. The landscape is characterized by its intense visuals and a rugged topography, covered by the typical vegetation of the Brazilian Atlantic forest.
The MINIMOD lies in a clearing in the middle of this dense forest landscape, next to a steep gorge that offers a stunning view of the valley.
Created by Brazil & Uruguay based architecture firm MAPA, in a factory near São Paulo, MINIMOD was shipped 9000 km to this site in southern Brazil by truck.
MINIMOD presents itself as an alternative to traditional construction: based on prefab plug & play logistics, it incorporates the benefits & flexibility that this newly-born industry has to offer.
Quiet but not shy, its unique-in-Brazil CLT Wood-Technology combines industrialised products efficiency and new technologies sustainability with the sensitivity of the natural material par excellence.
This ‘plug & play’ package is one that is received ready to be connected and used without complications.
As such, the necessary steps to install and enjoy a MINIMOD must be simple and fast. From the factory to the landscape.
The residence itself is a simple one-storey structure that sits on stilts within the forest topography.
Clad in a blackened wood exterior with a green vegetation roof, to complement the natural surroundings, MINIMOD is unobtrusive but still stylishly modern.
The large windows provide stunning views of the surrounding valley. The interior wood finish provides a warm and neutral palette which allows these views to shine.
MINIMOD is an exploration about the experience of landscape and technology.
A primitive retreat with a contemporary reinterpretation, which aims to become an every-remote-landscape experience. Its compact and efficient design enhances the surroundings of where it is installed and turns them into available landscapes.