MINIMOD Catuçaba: Eco-Friendly Prefabs Help Tame Remote Landscapes

There are times when all of us wish to move away from the constant noise that surrounds us and into a setting that is far more tranquil and healthy. A holiday retreat in the woods, a summer vacation home perched on the edge of a lofty cliff and overlooking beautiful mountains or even a second home where you spend more than half the time each year enjoying the untouched jungle landscape around you – every one of these ideas does sound like an absolute dream! The hard part of it all is to have both the resources and the ability to build such structures in remote locations. That is until you come across the MINIMOD designed by MAPA.



Prefabricated retreats in the mountain by MAPA













The MINIMOD moves away from the constraints of conventional housing as most of the entire home can be built off-site in a factory and assembled at the remote location with ease. A case in the point is the 2 exquisite prefabs dubbed MINIMOD Catuçaba and nestled in the picturesque and uninhabited landscape of Catuçaba in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Set about 1000 meters apart from one another, both the prefab structures provide a stunning escape with one overlooking the lake at the base of the mountain and the other perched atop and providing spellbinding views of the entire mountainous and green terrain.

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Wood clad interior of the prefab unit with gorgeous mountain views


Dining room and kitchen clad in wood


Lighting and fireplace along with dining room chairs add color to the cozy setting


Wooden walls and window seat of the exqusite prefab


Bedrooms occupy the wings of the house while the central space acts as the living room


Comfy bedroom with lovely lighting


Windows open up to bring the landscape indoors

It is wood that shapes both the interior and exterior of these 2 versatile prefabs that were crafted in a factory in Sao Paulo and transported over 150 km to reach their final destination. Both the ease in design and assemble mean minimal on-site construction, making prefabs such as these absolutely perfect for eco-sensitive setting where the existing flora and fauna need to be left as undisturbed as possible. Large windows and a simple floor plan complete these structures and with solar power and energy-efficient solutions, these prefabs are ready for an off-the-grid life that is bound to leave you rejuvenated and refreshed! [Photography: Leonardo Finotti , Fazenda Catuçaba | E. Rengade]

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Deck with a view of the mountain landscape


Lush green landscape around the prefab home


Prefab MINIMOD Catuçaba in Brazil


View of the stunning prefab after sunset


Exquisite mountain landscape becomes a part of the interior




Floor plan of the MINIMOD Catuçaba


MINIMOD Catuçaba in Brazil

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