We’re highlighting the Casa Ojalá today, not so much to point you to a potential purchase, though you can add your name to a waitlist to buy if you would like, but to indulge in a deeper bit of mind-traveling. Ever see a flat spot in a perfect wilderness location and think to yourself, hey, I could have a little home right there, what we be the harm? Well, here’s some fodder for that fantasy. Or perhaps you’re fortunate enough to have some spare land with a view and love to contemplate the possible. This is for you too.

The Casa Ojalá is a circular foundation home that can transform itself by moving walls via a system of pulleys. It’s small, at 27 square meters, but offers more than 1,000 configurations. Open the walls to have a platform naked to the elements, close some of the walls for a cozy bedroom on one side, a wide open living room on the other.

Technically, there are two bedrooms here, and an accessible rooftop, but why be limited to such conventional thinking. The only limit is your imagination—and ability to pull a rope-activated pulley.


As you’d imagine, the design is meant to be full functional and off-grid. There is a rainwater catchment system, a biostove for warmth, and solar panels can be fitted for electric power. The footprint is minimal. Designed originally for hotels as a way to offer a unique space, the company will take orders for individual purchase too.

Of course we are not advocating the purchase of one to be plunked down wherever you like. But for a little daydreaming, which we can all use right now, this is a fun bit of escape.

Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.

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