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July 22, 2013
With shapes ranging from perfect cubes to rectangular prisms, these seven box homes teach their inhabitants to be happy with less.

 

In contrast to its severe, futuristic exterior, the Boxhome is all warm wood and natural coloring on the inside. The lack of storage space inside the home means residents must accept “an anti-consumerist philosophy,” and adapt to a simpler lifestyle.

Photo by Pia Ulin.

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white house facade

 

The simple geometric silhouette of the Field House fits perfectly into the lifestyle of its owner, Dr. Robert Geller. Geller, who says he needs “to live in an area that has four seasons,” uses his whole Wisconsin home as an extension of the upstairs observatory, watching the seasons change from his windows as he watches the stars from his roof. Photo by Tom Fowlks.

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Originally appeared in Modern Box Home in Rural Wisconsin
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black box home in Japan open glass doors

 

With its stilted base and harsh black walls, the Watanabe Residence makes no attempt to explain its presence on Japan’s Izu Peninsula. Though it rebels against its environment visually, this blocky home comes with a long list of sustainable, Earth-friendly features. Photo by Alessio Guarino.

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Originally appeared in Simply Sustainable
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Architects Dawn Finley and Mark Wamble's 1,200-square-foot house in Houston, Texas, is clad in corrugated metal and contains their five-person firm, Interloop—Architecture.

 

A Houston home with a clean corrugated metal exterior and a rectangular façade was designed to stand out against the elaborate, sprawling houses so common in Texas today. Photo by Daniel Hennessy

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Originally appeared in Houston, TX
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A view of Small from the front which connects to Medium by way of a translucent Polygal corridor.

 

The dark wooden exterior of Small, one unit of a four-house compound in Cambridge, helps it melt into its natural background. Photo by Adam Friedberg.

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Originally appeared in Four Houses and a Future
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Modern box house in Nagoya, Japan

 

An unassuming white cube in Nagoya, Japan, is more than it appears at first glance, with a flower shop on the ground level and an apartment above. Photo by Takashi Homma

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Originally appeared in Small Space Live/Work Box Home in Japan
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residential urban wooden box harpoon house

Open and uncomplicated by design, 704-square-foot box home in Portland, Oregon, helps keep residents Katherine Bovee and Matt Kirkpatrick organized and connected to one another and to their neighborhood. Photo by John Clark.

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Originally appeared in Small Wooden Box Home in Portland
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nice box facade revised 1

 

In contrast to its severe, futuristic exterior, the Boxhome is all warm wood and natural coloring on the inside. The lack of storage space inside the home means residents must accept “an anti-consumerist philosophy,” and adapt to a simpler lifestyle.

Photo by Pia Ulin.

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