Casa Ojalá: Limited Space Converts into an Infinite Home

The installation of Beatrice Bonzanigo's project in the heart of Brera

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Casa Ojalá: Limited Space Converts into an Infinite Home
03/04/2019 - During Milan Design Week 2019 (April 9-14), the CASA OJALÁ / INHABITING THE INFINITE CHOICE installation will be presented. A representation of the Casa Ojalá 'Residential building with high flexibility', the patented project by Architect Beatrice Bonzanigo (IB Studio) is hosted by Post Design Gallery / Memphis in the heart of Brera, together with the exhibition Memphis + Post Design: a selection in 5 rooms. Fabric and material visuals will frame a scale 1:10 model to introduce the visitor to the world of infinite choice that Casa Ojalá offers to the public for the first time.
 
This is a small, 27 sq m house with multiple interior solutions working in synchrony without ever changing the original structure and shape. Casa Ojalá develops from a manual mechanical system composed of ropes, pulleys and cranks, bringing the guest back to the memory of a journey on a sailboat pushed by the wind. Wood and fabrics recall the traditions of the place where Casa Ojalá stands, highlighting its uniqueness and aesthetic adaptability, while remaining a formally recognizable, globally marketable object.

Casa Ojalá #1 has two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with a single bed, a bathroom, a terrace, a kitchenette and a living room, which can – in fact – be continuously transformed into one another or become a large outdoor platform, a house with no roof or even no floor. A space where one can play, a house with no walls or with different, scented and tangible, layers of material that mark the boundary between the inner and outer space with every time a surprising effect. The flexibility of the space is made possible thanks to the innovative solution of sliding walls, in Wood-Skin and fabric, which are rolled up on posts placed at the edge of the circumference and in the center of the structure. There are approximately twenty options available to increase the flexibility of Casa Ojalá, making it a fully customizable product. Every single detail can be developed with more or less precious materials without changing its essence.

Casa Ojalá is one thing with its guest. The surprise and the simplicity with which it changes, create a unique experience of a new and palpable life, a new discovery in the world of static architecture. The limited space converts into an infinite home. It is small, it can be disassembled, transported and is not bulky. The architectural limits of forced views, filtered light, controlled air and untouchable canopy are broken, but all the comforts and functions of a home are guaranteed. The home becomes a surprise, a game, a circus, a theatre, fragrances and gestures. The landscape is its façade.
 
Once assembled, the house is based on its manual mechanical system and does not need any external assistance, neither human nor technological. It includes a rainwater collection system, can be equipped with photovoltaic panels and features a small septic tank. It is made of a selection of environmentally sensitive and socially sustainable fabrics and wood local essences.

Demand for minimal and environmentally friendly solutions has considerably grown worldwide in recent years. Today’s market offers a large variety of small architectural solutions for individuals looking for something different to share. Casa Ojalá offers something more: its extensive flexibility contained in a very small space, perceived as infinite and alive, is the key that is still missing in the global market. It was first developed as a by-product for luxury hotels seeking new solutions for a travel experience and a different life, avoiding construction sites. Casa Ojalá can also be offered to private customers with land of any type, vineyards, open countryside, mountains, lagoons, woods, meadows, sand dunes, infinite or uncultivated land.

“Ojalá” (o-ha-lá, from ancient Spanish oxalá, Arabic wašāʾa llāh) is a word that summarizes the concept of infinite possibilities, hopes related to emptiness and absence, intuition, a key of a door not yet open, a new field of existence, a telescope that brings together and moves horizons, a space of different possibilities and, therefore, a wish that comes true.

Brera Design District
Largo Treves, 5
20121 Milan

Kindly hosted by:
Galleria Post Design /
Memphis

9–14 April 2019
h. 10–21
 
Beatrice Bonzanigo

Beatrice Bonzanigo

Casa Ojalá: Limited Space Converts into an Infinite Home

Casa Ojalá: Limited Space Converts into an Infinite Home

Casa Ojalá: Limited Space Converts into an Infinite Home

Casa Ojalá: Limited Space Converts into an Infinite Home

Casa Ojalá: Limited Space Converts into an Infinite Home

Casa Ojalá: Limited Space Converts into an Infinite Home

Casa Ojalá: Limited Space Converts into an Infinite Home

Casa Ojalá: Limited Space Converts into an Infinite Home

Casa Ojalá: Limited Space Converts into an Infinite Home

Casa Ojalá: Limited Space Converts into an Infinite Home

Casa Ojalá: Limited Space Converts into an Infinite Home

Casa Ojalá: Limited Space Converts into an Infinite Home

Casa Ojalá: Limited Space Converts into an Infinite Home

Casa Ojalá: Limited Space Converts into an Infinite Home

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