Boxhome

Oslo / Norway / 2007

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In the North all buildings for living have to be made in an advanced way due to the ever-contrasting weather. Additionally, the houses have to be properly heated with external energy more than half of the year’s course. Therefore producing smaller homes would bring about a considerable economical and ecological benefit. Today the construction activity stands alone for more than one third of total global energy and material consumption, well exceeding that of all traffic and transport. This should be a crucial question especially in Scandinavia, where people, in accordance with their growing wealth, possess larger and larger houses. And in most cases, this in addition to a second home called a summer house or a cottage. Boxhome is a 19 square meter dwelling with four rooms covering the basic living functions: kitchen with dining, bathroom, living room and bedroom. Firstly, the project focuses in the quality of space, material and natural light, and tries to reduce unnecessar floor area. The result is a dwelling where the price is only 1/4 of the price of any same size apartment in the same area. Boxhome is a prototype building, yet the same attitude could be taken further to bigger family housing and consequently to work places. Secondly, it seems that we have given the right to produce our homes to uncontrollable groups of actors who seek mostly maximum income. The basic need to have one’s family protected has become a great business adventure. Making a simple house, after all, is perhaps not such a difficult task that it should be totally left for this kind of forces. Moreover, meeting the official construction restrictions and laws usually seems to equal to the using of the building industry products and services, thus limiting the possibilities of a real change and development into minimum. Thirdly, in Western societies at the moment we are enjoying the highest standard of living ever know to human kind. At the same time we are fully informed of the results ofour culture of consumerism. Therein lays the greatest paradox: We are forced to actively forget the real reality to be able to enjoy the facade of excess we have created around us. Finally, and most importantly, the goal has been to make a peaceful small home, a kind of urban cave, where a person can withdraw to, and whenever wished, forget the intensity of the surrounding city for awhile. [IT] “Nelle regioni dove il clima è particolarmente rigido le abitazioni devono essere realizzate in modo da poter assicurare la necessaria protezione dal freddo. Se si considera che il riscaldamento è necessario per oltre sei mesi l’anno, sarà facile comprendere perché sarebbe preferibile costruire case più piccole. Tale scelta porterebbe indubbi vantaggi economici consentendo al tempo stesso un maggiore rispetto dell’ambiente. Si tratta di un tema che riguarda in particolare la Scandinavia, dove le persone costruiscono case sempre più grandi. E, in molti casi, si tratta persino di una seconda abitazione, denominata casa estiva o cottage”. Sono queste le considerazioni alla base del progetto “Boxhome” proposto dall’architetto finlandese Sami Rintala dello studio Rintala Eggertsson Architects. “Boxhome” è una residenza low cost di soli 19 metri quadrati, con quattro stanze che ospitano su diversi livelli le funzioni base: una cucina con zona pranzo, un bagno, un soggiorno ed una camera da letto. I quattro pannelli di alluminio che compongono la facciata esterna tracciano visibilmente la suddivisione dei suddetti spazi. All’interno il materiale predominate è il legno. “Prima di tutto – spiega Sami Rintala – il progetto si concentra sulla qualità dello spazio, sui materiali e sulla luce naturale, cercando di ridurre sviluppare la superficie strettamente necessaria”. Scegliere di costruire una casa così piccola, una sorta di “caverna urbana” – come la definisce lo stesso autore del progetto – comporterebbe un enorme vantaggio in termini economici, offrendo al tempo stesso un prezioso rifugio dall’intensità della vita urbana circostante.
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    In the North all buildings for living have to be made in an advanced way due to the ever-contrasting weather. Additionally, the houses have to be properly heated with external energy more than half of the year’s course. Therefore producing smaller homes would bring about a considerable economical and ecological benefit. Today the construction activity stands alone for more than one third of total global energy and material consumption, well exceeding that of all traffic and transport. This...

    Project details
    • Year 2007
    • Work finished in 2007
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Modular/Prefabricated housing / Exhibitions /Installations
    • Websitehttp://www.rintalaeggertsson.com
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