Cool “Green Box” Cottage In Swiss Alps Would Suit A Big Backyard In Strathcona


With our city now so laughably unaffordable, thousands of Vancouverites are stuck imagining wonderful homes instead of living in them. “Spaced” is a record of our minds wandering the world of architecture and design, up and away from the unrewarding realities of shoebox condos, dark basement suites, and sweet fuck all on Craigslist.


(via) A common theme in our SPACED series is escape. Typically, we find ourselves running away (in our minds at least) to awesome constructions on faraway coasts, precipitous cliffs, desolate plateaus and isolated meadows, but until today we’d never really considered the “hideaway” notion as literally as this so-called “Green Box” in the Rhaetian Alps of Switzerland. Designed by Italian studio Act Romegialli with the assistance of landscape architect Gheo Clavarino, what is camouflaged as a delapidated greenhouse (by way of gratuitous deciduous overgrowth) is actually an old garage converted into a guest cottage. The interior is dreamily Spartan with bare floors, plenty of concrete and lots of glass (including a cool louvred set-up in the kitchen). We’d take a version of it in the backyard of a big Strathcona lot with a staid old heritage house at its front hiding it from the street. Because hideaway.

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All images by Marcello Mariana

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