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By Chere Di Boscio
Building a new home usually has a profound ecological impact. From sourcing materials from far and wide to transporting them to the site, there is much transport involved; then there is construction waste, which accounts for a large chunk of landfill in almost all countries around the world.
But several companies are coming up with solutions to reduce a new home’s eco impact, and one of these is Minimod.
Using prefab mobile units made from a steel frame and sustainable wood, the modules created by this Brazilian-born company can be easily taken apart and reassembled just about anywhere, reducing waste, and causing no harm to natural surroundings.
These Minimod homes are small but chic in a minimalist way, and are perfect for any environment, be it on the shores of a tranquil beach, in the middle of a forest, or even in the desert. No wonder Minimod was preselected for the Iberoamerican Biennial of Architecture and Urban Planning in 2014.
In addition, the expansion and addition of new modules can be performed following the client’s needs and budget. Understood as an open system, Minimod presents itself as an unfinished project, a catalyst for future exploitation by the homeowner, allowing him or her the flexibility to truly make a Minimod module the dream home they’d always hoped for.
For more information, see www.minimod.com.br
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