Japanese architecture has long been an inspiration for the elements of lightness, flexibility and ease of construction. MIMA architects have used this inspiration in order to produce a project which entails a dream house which each and every one of us has ever wished for, and to top it of, it is delivered in your chosen location. A house that can fulfill all your needs and desires with walls that can be reallocated within seconds, changing glazing to solid and wood to colour with no drilling, engineers or cost.
MIMA initiated their concept by trying to create an architectural ideology for the quick life changes & ambitions of the well-informed whilst presenting an ever present exigent society. The outcome was a success resulting in a dream. A house with bright open spaces, which light as a feather is designed predominantly by you. The process created by MIMA from beginning to end is what drew our attention. Simple, fast, from it’s initiation, to completion, is base on the 100% knowledge of your final project. Something akin to having a personal architect with a sense of door to door service. Once you mail them the site where you wish to build your residence, a full 3D visualization is sent to you showing the best architectural approach, then the glazing & partition percentage is selected and your house is packaged and delivered on site.
MIMA’s biggest challenge was to find a way to put together a single a fast produced, flexible, light and cheap yet good quality product, wrapped up in a pleasant clean design. The outcome is just that. This in turn follows the traditional Japanese aesthetic for pleasing lines and clarity where dwellings offer a perfect design style based on each and everyone’s individuals standards with a cost amounting to that of a mid range car. This is achieved by the use of prefabricated construction methods post - and – beam, which can be precisely put together almost like pieces of a puzzle. This is completely glazed on all sides, subdivided by modular 1.5m x 3m wooden frames. MIMA houses come with additional plywood panels, which can be placed, on the inside and the outside of the building, for the replacement of any window by a wall in a matter of seconds.
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The whole interior layout can be redesigned in a matter of minutes, by simply creating new partitions to close up an open space when company comes and goes, or changing the panels around with colour options on the reverse for a change of ambience. In a generation were the hip and trendy have a life expectancy of six months, anything new is considered old in a matter of days and our style is always up for discussion so therefore the absolute same is expected for our residences. Through this concept, everyone’s needs are met retaining a very strong element, which we call a design space.
MIMA has taken simplicity, form, shape, essence and modularity in order to create a create a house that reflects the current needs of all those who do not settle for less. Engaging with your structure and changing the design of your house as often as you change your clothes is something that makes perfect sense. The fact that it can now be achieved in combination with great design is something that makes us MIMA crazy.