Prefab structures are a relatively new industry but they’ve been around for enough time now to see architects and designers shaping them into unique and amazing projects. The Minimod is a perfect example. It’s a prefab cabin designed by studio MAPA and it’s set in a beautiful part of Brazil.
The cabin features a very simple shape with a rectangular floor plan for maximum efficiency
Here in the mountainous region of Curucaca Valley the cabin occupies a small clearing surrounded by dense forest vegetation. As such it’s in a unique position to take advantage of the magnificent landscape around it in ways that would be impossible for structures built using traditional methods. Because this is basically a plug&play module it has very little impact on the land which it occupies and it preserves the areas surrounding it intact, allowing its inhabitants to enjoy the stunning views and the remoteness in their most pure forms.
The entire structure is elevated above the ground, ensuring a minimal impact on the site
The Minimod cabin offers 90 square meters of living space in total. It has a compact and efficient design which has been optimized to take advantage of the surroundings and the views but also to be versatile and simple at the core. The forest clearing that it occupies is situated next to a steep gorge which reveals some really magnificent views. The cabin takes advantage of them without being intrusive. A really cool design detail is the green roof which allows the cabin to blend in and to become almost unnoticeable from above. It also has a dark exterior which resonates with the trunks of the trees around it. The wood-clad interior spaces are very warm and welcoming, creating a sense of safety and comfort.
Large windows allow views over the beautiful valley and the magnificent forest landscapeThe interior of the cabin is very simple and focused around the bare essentialsA sliding glass door provides direct access outside from the bedroom sectionAll the trees present on the site have been preserved and the cabin was carefully installed among them
The flat roof gives the cabin a low profile and also allows it to maintain a contemporary appearanceThe primary goal for this project was to capture the beauty of the landscape in its purest formThe flat roof is covered with vegetation, allowing the cabin to blend in and look more nature among the treesThe 90 square meters of space give plenty of room for a lounge area from which to admire the mesmerizing viewsThe interior design and decor are kept simple allowing the focus to remain on the views and the beautiful landscapeThe materials used for the interior are simple simple and create a very welcoming ambianceThis is an aerial view of the cabin from above, showcasing the green roofThe cabin was delivered on site already assembled for the most partThe installation was fast and easy and the impact on the site and its surroundings was minimal