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.
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.
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.
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.