Why go to the wilderness for a remote hideaway? What if you could have your cabin and wifi too? That's just what architects Panos Dragonas and Varvara Christopoulou had in mind when they created this rooftop cabin design that could rise above the rooftops of urban Athens (or any other major city).
Asserting that there are no longer any corners of the world left to explore, the architects thought the regular urban worker might instead want to forego travel and simply retreat vertically. The cabin they propose is called “Detached”, and is just nine meters square. Elevated by slender columns above a city’s rooftops, the demo cabin contains a simple bed and desk or table, and offers an expansive view of the streets and buildings below.
“During the 21st century, there are no remote locations,” explained Dragonas and Christopoulou in an article in Dezeen.com “The planet has been explored and digitally mapped in every latitude and longitude. The media and social networks bring the public sphere in every corner of the world.”
Although the structure supports only basic living needs—there is no plumbing, for example, or cooking facilities—it does allow for a quiet respite from an urban lifestyle while remaining among the chimneys, antennae, and solar panels. This landscape, the architects say, can provide an alternative for the bucolic rural views often idealized by many who are in search of such a retreat.
“The new structure allows for the minimum detachment from the suffocating environment of the contemporary Greek city. The urban hut creates a voluntary isolation cell over the ruins of the new Great Depression,” the architects said.
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