Minimod Curucaca

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.

Photography by Leonardo Finotti 

Project credits:

Architecture & Design by MAPA

Partners: Luciano Andrades, Matías Carballal, Andrés Gobba, Mauricio López, Silvio Machado.
Project team: João Bernardi, Helena Utzig, Marina Lemos, Lucas Marques, Débora Boniatti, Juliana Colombo, Pablo Courreges, Diego Morera, Emiliano Lago, Fabián Sarubbi, Sandra Rodríguez, Agustín Dieste, Sebastián Lambert, Chiara Vannozzi.

Assembly & production: CROSSLAM
Local infrastructure: ALM Construções.
Electric project: Eng. Roberto Silvestrin.
Plumbing: Eng. Júlio César Troleis.
Woodwork: MAPA Architects (kitchen: Sandrin Planejados).

General Site Assembler: Marcelo da Silva
Ironwork: MAPA Architects (metallic island: Safra).
Lighting: Reka Iluminação.
Green roof: Ecotelhado.

Furniture: Arbatax, Wishbone, Tripolina, Faro Design, Expresso do Oriente, Balbueno Tapetes, Cremme.

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