1. Organize your trip before actualy going where you want to

2. Forget to pack food and water, so you don’t have to buy stuff there

3. Catch the train and enjoy until you’re bored

4. Go check out what’s in your backpack (‘cause you left home runing and assumed the stuff you had in the bag from the day before was good to go… oh look, you have chocolate!)

5. Notice that you forgot all of your money and credit card at home

6. Take a silent panic moment

7. Realize you’re really lucky that you have your return ticket already

8. Make no mistake now! DON’T EAT ALL OF YOUR CHOCOLATE AT ONCE, save it until you can’t handle your hunger anymore



Soul Box (2012) by Matthias Prüger, Manuel Rauwolf, and Ulrike Wetzel

The need to step out of private life and from company temporarily is great in many people. The desire for retreats is widespread in the country but also in the midst of the city and this is currently becoming clear. With our project we embark also on the search for Arcadia. At the intersection of architecture, art and cultural history a so-called Soul Box is built, which offers the user to dangle in the same room. The Soul Box opens to the view of the environment, where its resident can discover himself or herself. 

The Soul Box is a small research station, a minimum space for a maximum of two people, which is limited to the bare minimum. A place to sleep or a niche to sit, with a good book and a hot cup of tea. Much more is needed to an ideal environment for the desired withdrawal and to offer self-reflection. Through a strong relation of the reduced space allowances on the human scale, the user is also faced with their own bodily experience. This self-reference is intended to release further processes and streams of thought. 

The design of the Soul Box distracts from these events, but not from introspection and self-reflection through its reduction of funds and offers. The Soul Box serves as a point of observation at the heart of the project of Arcadia, of the self to be explored. Upon completion, the Soul Box has been set up at different locations to explore this. The modular construction principle facilitates transport and allows repeated assembly and disassembly.



Blair Barnhouse (2010) by Alchemy Architects

Location: Blair, WI, USA

Alchemists live in the Midwest and we love barns. Our clients love barns. Everyone loves barns. Imagine a house that took all the great things about barns and left those other things to the cows? Alchemy designed a house that takes all its clues from the 19th century but updates them for the 21st Century featuring barn siding with light filtering through a few, but large openings, a sleeping loft and bedrooms in the cellar. And of course, barn space: an open 2-story room with two volumes inserted within. One in steel, the other in ash strips, they provide under-and over spaces like a hayloft.