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The Norwegian Hideout of Our Dreams

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, sweet f~ck all on Craigslist and three levels of government that couldn’t give a damn.

This Norwegian hideout by TYIN Architects was constructed with the help of a group of students in just three weeks. They’d been commissioned by a few dozen local landowners who wanted a building – a public viewing platform, essentially – that would draw attention to the wild natural beauty of the area, which is located in the southernmost part of the Scandinavian nation.

To be clear, ‘Lyset paa Lista’ (as it is called) is not a house. What you won’t see in the gallery of images below are a bed, a kitchen, and so on. And that’s fine. We can improvise too. If we were to uproot it, float it across the planet and set it down here in BC, we’d choose a comparably stark and open plot, perhaps on Westham Island, and just bring our sleeping bags.

All images by Pasi Aalto via Ignant

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SPACED // Tiny ‘Nature Villa’ in the Woods

It lacks a kitchen but we'd happily cook over a fire nearby just so we could sleep in that bed and hang on that deck...

Contemplating Life on a Handmade ‘Floating Island’

The big deck holds a BBQ, a herb garden, a hammock, and several other wonderful things besides (like a baby blue canoe).

We’d Like to Self-Isolate in This Off-Grid Tiny House on the Other Side of the World

To be able to escape the city for the sake of social distancing is a dream worth having in these weird and dangerous times.

We Dig These Cabins Designed For Sustaining Good Times in the Wild

The cool and remote constructions take full advantage of photovoltaic panels, grey/black water treatment and rainwater collection.