Minimod Pontal
Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil

MINIMOD is an exploration about the experience of landscape and technology. It presents itself as a primitive retreat with a contemporary reinterpretation, which more than an object 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.

★ Selection, IX Ibero-American Architecture and Urbanism Biennial 2014
★ Participation in the Brazilian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014, ‘Brazil 1914 – 2014: Modernity as tradition’, Italy
★ Mention, Akzonobel Brazilian Architecture Prize, organized at the Tomie Ohtake Foundation, Brazil
★ Mention, ABCEM Award 2014, organized by the Associação Brasileira da Construção Metálica, Brazil


Minimod proposes an innovative, intelligent and sustainable alternative of dwelling, enjoying the benefits of the dry building technology, with no waste and no mess. The house has a modulated structure and design, wich allows a multiple configurations and customizations. Starting from a minimal module, Minimod invests in customization, design and sustainability.

The production is carried out in a prefabricated manner and enjoys the steel frame system technology, which allows the client program definition needs and choice of finishes, as well as automation options. Depending on the composition of the modules, the Minimod can vary the uses ranging from a compact refuge for weekends, small show rooms for events up to larger programs and elaborate as hotels and inns, combining a larger number of modules.

The modules are 100% prefabricated and elevated to a determined place by truck or disassembled into smaller pieces and taken to the ground for final assembly. This allows for a clean work without harming the natural environment. Importantly, the expansion and addition of new modules can be performed either at initial installation or in the middle of the process, according to the needs and budgets of the client.

Minimod is more than a product of design, is more than a house. It´s practicality combined with comfort, it´s economy allied to nature, it´s a unique experience of housing and contemporary living.


Partners: Luciano Andrades, Matías Carballal, Rochelle Castro, Andrés Gobba, Mauricio López, Silvio Machado.
Project team: Camila Pereira, Jaqueline Lessa, Alexis Arbelo, Pamela Davyt, Emiliano Etchegaray, Camila Thiesen, Pablo Courreges, Mauricio Wood, Diego Morera, Felipe Lessa, Isabella Madureira, Aldo Lanzi, Guillermo Acosta, Emiliano Lago y Charlotte Pericchi

Area: 27 m2
Volume: 81 m3
Photography: Leonardo Finotti