“Caja Oscura” by Javier Corvalán- Open Sesame

This house designed by Javier Corvalán for a film-maker locates in the countryside outside capital city of Paraguay- Asunción.

Because the residents do not use the house for a long time- just during holidays- Javier Corvalán was asked to design a house both comfortable and hermetically sealed.


Javier Corvalán put that idea into practice by designing a house without windows and like a box(caja means box) but with a nuance: this box can be opened.


The walls of the two storey house was constructed by sandstone and it supports the concrete slab and galvanised steel above.


A manual winch opens the house and reveals the kitchen and living room.


Project: Caja Oscura

Architect: Javier Corvalán

Location: Asunción

Photographs: Pedro Kok

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