Getaway: An Experiment in Reduced Living

View all 8 Photos

Tiny homes have gained a lot of press for their environmental — and, well, mental –impact. Getaway, a project that emerged from Harvard Business students Pete Davis and Jon Staff’s Millenial Housing Lab, is an attempt to make living minimally an accessible reality: “There’s a huge gap between people who post stories to Facebook about living in tiny houses and people who actually live in one.” Not only can the switch from traditional housing to itty-bitty bungalows encourage more efficient resource use, but it also offers an escape from the overwhelming complexities of modern urban life. Ovida, Getaway’s small, isolated cabin just 2 hours North of Boston is a return to simpler ways. The rustic retreat’s small footprint means that there’s detail in every inch of its raw wood and metal construction while a zinc shower, composting toilet, and small hot plate in the kitchen are emblematic of Staff’s no-frills approach. He believes that small-scale living is more than just a house; it’s a lifestyle. While the project is starting out as a vacation spot, the creators believe it has the potential to change the game for Millenials; tiny homes are cheaper, eco-friendly, and provide an ideal balance between the rural and urban worlds. With current technology, jobs that once required a city commute can now be done from practically anywhere. “This generation has the opportunity to experience the best of both worlds…more people are flexible and can have a better work-life balance.”

Designed by architecture students at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, the charming 4-person cabin demonstrates an awareness of modern needs with a down-to-earth vibe in just 160 square feet – smaller than the average dorm room. Staff and Davis hope to bridge the gap between curiosity and change with the opportunity “’test drive’ a tiny house,” which is now bookable online starting from just 99$ a night.

 

Lizzie Wright

Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

Take me there

  • Naked Stables Resort

    A two hour trip away from China’s largest city, Shanghai, Moganshan stuns with its magical…

  • Sublime Comporta

    Surrounded by rice fields, umbrella pines, vineyards, and miles of pristine white beaches, Sublime Comporta…

More for you

  • Locanda La Gelsomina Boutique Hotel

    Even before stepping inside Locanda La Gelsomina, guests realize that this quaint, family-run hotel defies…

  • Canopy Camp Darién In Panama

    Located right next to a natural reserve in the lush Darién province in Panama, this…

  • Surf Shacks

    A surfer can never leave the sea behind. They come to coasts all across the…

  • Celebrating Scandinavian Design

    You’re here. Because you love design. Architecture. Beautiful and functional objects as well as spaces…

  • Casa Tiny

    Imagine waking up in a room with a stunning view, eating your breakfast on a…

  • Modern Houseboat In Berlin

    If you’re thinking about finally going on that trip to Berlin or if you’re a…

  • The Greenland To Scotland Challenge

    Back in 17th century Scotland, several reports of mysterious visitors approaching the shore in small…

  • Artist Residence

    Designed with an eclectic décor that blends original art with vintage furniture and plenty of…

  • The Cob

    Located in Bude, a small and peaceful seaside town in Cornwall, England, this private retreat…

  • The Woodman’s Treehouse

    Perched among the branches of an old oak tree in a stunning woodland area, the…

Close Cart

Simple Share Buttons