Combining Lego block versatility with the elegant simplicity of Edo Period Japanese “Minka” architecture and Scandinavian design, Minka houses are based on a post and beam nodal system that offers nearly infinite configuration of walls, panels, posts and girders.
Minka home parts are pre-fabricated using robotic stock-removal CNC machines, similar to 3D printing, and then shipped and assembled on site in less than a week – with almost no waste.
Each assembled wall and roof component has an insulated core and zip board exterior to form a fully insulated, weathertight shell. Minka homes are engineer certified and stamped to exceed local, state and international building standards. The interior and exterior of the assembled shell are designed to easily accept a multitude of finishing materials.
We designed a robotic fabrication system called the Minka Printer that is scalable and portable, enabling distributed local manufacturing for large-scale developments. A coordinated network of Minka Printers will generate local labor opportunities during production and assembly.
The first Minka factory is fully-operational and located in Upstate New York. Because the Minka Printers can fabricate 24 hours a day, the components for single-house jobs can be printed from the factory in days and shipped on a single 53′ truck.