Brazil/Uruguay architectural conglomerate MAPA has many fine public buildings and high-rises to its credit, as well as a few nice-looking private houses. The MINIMOD is the firm’s somewhat underwhelming venture into modular prefab structures. Its steel-frame modules can be can disassembled for shipping and joined together at any time (either during initial installation or when expansion is desired) and in any number (MAPA says it would be possible to build a hotel with them, for example).


But while the possibility of flexible expansion is interesting, it’s unlikely to be a very cost-effective way to build a larger structure. And from a tiny house perspective, we’ve seen plenty of better looking cabins than the MINIMOD module shown below – and more than a few better looking prefabs. But maybe the utilitarian design is intentionally rough around the edges.


Minimod-by-MAPA-1 Minimod-by-MAPA-2


Minimod-by-MAPA-4 Minimod-by-MAPA-5


h/t Modern Cabin

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