Monday, August 30, 2021

Vacation Want: Casa Ojalá

I am not a difficult traveler. I don’t need five-star accommodations, but I do like someplace nice and clean, with a comfy bed and nice bath.

Enter Casa Ojalá. After a celebrated debut at Milan Design Week in 2019, Casa Ojalá [Hope House] has officially premiered its first unit in Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia region. The compact cabin, conceived by Italian architect Beatrice Bonzanigo, is perched on a hillside in the 5,000-acre Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco estate, which hosts a luxury hotel with its own Brunello di Montalcino winery.

If you’ve never had Brunello di Montalcino, a delicious Sangiovese, you haven’t tasted heaven, but I digress …

After the smash debut, Bonzanigo teamed up with engineer Ryan Nesbitt to develop the concept into full-scale production, featuring manual mechanisms of ropes, pulleys, and cranks—inspired by the same system on boats—the roughly 291-square-foot guest suite can be fully opened, or closed, concealing walls, floor and ceiling tiles, and furniture.

The customizable, timber-clad cabin comes with options for retractable single and double beds that can be stored beneath the floor to maximize space in the living areas. A freestanding tub sits below one of the structure’s roof panels, which can open for sunbathing and stargazing. A ladder leads to a terrace lounge area that is accessible via a roof hatch.

These little transformative off-the-grid hotel rooms can be placed just about anywhere in the world, whether “by the ocean of Tulum, among the Vermont forests, or on the sands of Dubai.”

I want one in Tuscany so I can climb the roof and drink my Brunello di Montalcino, or sit in the open-air bath and drink my Brunello di Montalcino, or in the sitting area or the bedroom area, or just wandering through the fields drinking my Brunello di Montalcino.

Casa Ojalá  Dwell


Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Vacation, you mean?
I'd go live there because I can't stand people right now. Picture it: Tuscany, 2021. Far from the stupid anti-vaxxers and the noise of the MAGAts and a good provision of Brunello di Montalcino: heaven.
That rooftop at night? Yes, please.


Moving with Mitchell said...

I want it, but for more than a vacation! I love this!

Helen Lashbrook said...

Looks like a mini water tower from outside, but that outside bath looks good, as long as no-one sees me get in or out; the shock might kill them.

Treaders said...

Oh that is beautiful. I REALLY like that bath looking out over the water. I suppose we can dream can't we!

Dave R said...

Did you say ladder? And there's no railing? Hhhmmm

the dogs' mother said...

How doe one get food?
Or prepare it?
Or most important - coffee?!!
xoxo :-)

Deedles said...


VRCooper said...

Clean yes!! Comfortable yes!! AND no bugs-flying or crawling. Other than that I am set. A little mini kitchen-just the basics. AND Wifi. And if I can shield from sun and light when needed. Other than that I am in.

Bob said...

No idiots and a good bottle, bottles, of wine? Heavenly!

I’m sure I could live in it, but I could stay in it wherever they put it.

I think there is the assumption of privacy, unless you’re in to sharing bath time with other guests!

A Tub With A View! I love it, too.

Well, if people are silly enough to fall off the top, they shouldn’t be staying there.

There must be some way to get coffee ...and wine.

Concise, yet cogent. =)

I may be wrong, but I think there is kitchen-que things happening. I don’t know about Wi-Fi, but I’m all about the unplug so …

uptonking said...

I'm in love. I would live in one of those. But where do you hide all your 'stuff?' Are there drawers? Too fun. Thanks for sharing this. Such a vision.

Travel said...

Maybe for a day

Steve Reed said...

I love that! I think I could live in it! Probably not with Dave and Olga, though.