Brief 

Casa Ojalá defies easy classification, but is a definite departure from the shed-on-wheels design of most tiny houses. It features a flexible interior layout and space-saving furniture, as well as sliding walls that open it up to the outside.

 

Insight

Casa Ojalá defies easy classification, but is a definite departure from the shed-on-wheels design of most tiny houses. The unique dwelling features a flexible interior layout and space-saving furniture, as well as hand-crank-operated sliding walls that open it up to the outside, allowing adventurous types to relax, sleep, and even bathe out in the open.

Casa Ojalá was first unveiled as an ambitious proposal back in 2019, followed by a decision to go ahead and build it, and the project has now reached the completed prototype stage.

It’s designed by Italian architect Beatrice Bonzanigo and measures 27 sq m (290 sq ft). Structurally, it consists of a concrete foundation and steel base and is otherwise mostly made from timber, as well as recycled plastic, plus fabric and ceramic.

Its cylindrical form hosts the exterior wood-lined walls on rails. These can be slid open, either partially or completely, using a system of pulleys, gears and a hand crank. The occupant can also partition parts of the interior with movable fabric walls, creating multiple rooms, while skylights provide natural light.

Other highlights include a sliding floor section that reveals a sleeping area, plus there’s a bathroom with a bathtub and shower (the toilet is sunken out of sight), and a ladder that offers access to a rooftop terrace area. There’s also a small fireplace, though no kitchen as standard, however, Bonzanigo told us that a basic kitchenette with fridge and stove can be installed.

 

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