5 Prefab Getaways Built for Two

Kelly Chan Kelly Chan

Few things can get our pheromones going like a prefab escape. Just imagine: you and your loved one, basking in the privacy of an exquisitely designed love shack. Sounds like good times to me. So if you’re reading this, you may not be the sentimental type to take this Hallmark holiday off from work, but even those of us who couldn’t sit through The Notebook can daydream about these getaways built for two.

Though the Garden Shed is purchasable from a Finnish home and garden collection, utility really gives way to this private greenhouse’s enchanting aura of escapism. Designed by architect Ville Hara of Avanto Architects and designer Linda Bergroth, Garden Shed consists of an expandable prefabricated frame fitted with a glass roof and glass walls and seamlessly abutted with a shed of Finnish pine. Looks like there’s the perfect amount of space for a full-sized mattress, a record player, a Barry White LP and your favorite potted plants.

The Mirrorcube, a prefab version of Tham & Videgård’s original Swedish Tree Hotel design, hit the markets late last year to great fanfare. This prefab retreat comes in two ready-to-assemble modules designed to fit snugly around your tree of choice, so start specking your backyard. With its treetop setting and mirrored exterior, good luck to anyone trying to spoil your special moment!

House Arc is a curvaceous prefab system designed by California-based Bellomo Architects. Its innovative, easy-to-assemble, flat-pack design will make any Palo Alto local proud. The 150-square-foot nano home comes equipped with a day bed on one side and a work desk on the other, perfect for cuddling and spontaneous poetry writing, among other things.

The cubic cocoon that is Werner Aisslinger’s LoftCube popped up recently on the bucolic grounds of a 19th century Belgian estate, proof that this modern prefab can hold its own in the city and the countryside. The mobile loft boasts panoramic views, well-lit spaces and cozy warmth and welcomes you and your other half to “step back form the world and still remain close to nature.”


Photo via Chateau de la Poste

Finally, this last intimate space requires a bit of traveling, but its absence from this list would be unforgivable. Never has a concrete tube looked so appealing as in the TuboHotel by T3arc. When asked why this project is so popular, all we have to say is “It’s a tube! Hotel!”

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