Tasked with creating a vacation home that could be sealed off and safe from the elements and vandalism for long periods of time, Paraguayan architect Javier Corvalán designed a dwelling in a corrugated, windowless box. To get inside, the owner, a filmmaker, uses a hand winch to tilt open the box's lid like an architectural sweater gift-wrapped at the department store. Sitting just outside the country's capital, Asunción, La Caja Obscura plays on the camera obscura concept ("caja" means box), and indeed, when closed, a pinhole at the top of it all allows for a projection of the surrounding scenery to color the walls, which almost almost makes up for the utter lack of windows. Watch how it all works, below.
· Caja Oscura by Javier Corvalán [Dezeen]