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In October, the light in Norway is cold and diffused by rain. It's "our worst month," says John Roger Holte, a Norwegian artist and builder. The weather may be dismal here, but the Boxhome, which Holte helped build, gleams with optimism and modernity.

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  The project's lead architect, Sami Rintala says the Boxhome reflects how we're supposed to live: "with few possessions and a small space around us."  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    The project's lead architect, Sami Rintala says the Boxhome reflects how we're supposed to live: "with few possessions and a small space around us."

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  The kitchen table, built into the structure of the house, includes two hot plates. Rintala says these were inspired by the Korean way of cooking: Residents and guests will cook their own food at the table.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    The kitchen table, built into the structure of the house, includes two hot plates. Rintala says these were inspired by the Korean way of cooking: Residents and guests will cook their own food at the table.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  A pair of hot plates await dishes in the dining nook.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    A pair of hot plates await dishes in the dining nook.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  Inside the Boxhome, colors are muted, light remains local, and the dark-stained woods stand out against lighter grains. When residents and guests gather, the Boxhome's kitchen takes on a new role, bringing everyone to the table to talk.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    Inside the Boxhome, colors are muted, light remains local, and the dark-stained woods stand out against lighter grains. When residents and guests gather, the Boxhome's kitchen takes on a new role, bringing everyone to the table to talk.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  From the sitting room you can see into the bedroom, with its strip of window in the ceiling. From the kitchen table you have a view of the bathroom and the lofted living space above. "You can see the stairs from your bed," Rintala says.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    From the sitting room you can see into the bedroom, with its strip of window in the ceiling. From the kitchen table you have a view of the bathroom and the lofted living space above. "You can see the stairs from your bed," Rintala says.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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