The Japanese aren't the only ones who can lay claim to micro homes. The Norway-based architecture firm, Rintala Eggertsson Architecture designed and built BOXHOME, a 19 sq meter home with the all the basic necessities. Rintala Eggertsson felt the need to move away from the larger homes that many Norwegians had and wanted to focus on the necessities in life and the things that were needed inside a home - namely space for kitchen and dining, living, bathroom and bedroom.
This four bedroom house with its stylish aluminum exterior and rough hewn wooden interior seems classically Scandanavian in its simplistic design. Measuring approximately 5.5 meters long, 5.7 meters high and 2.3 meters wide, this micro home features a kitchen/dining room and living room on the bottom floor and then a bathroom and bedroom upstairs. A ladder in the center of the box accesses the upper floor and windows form a crooked cross to let natural daylight in.
BOXHOME was designed to minimize energy needs for lighting and especially heating, which is necessary in the colder climate of Norway. The timber-framed home is insulated with glass wool insulation Rintala Eggertsson built the micro home back in 2007 to show that smaller homes could have a considerable economical and environmental benefit to the home owner. The project focused on the quality of space, the use of materials and light and designing a simple home that could be used as a retreat from the surrounding city. The prototype home, which could easily become a prefab, was on display at the Galleri ROM in central Oslo.
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