NORWAY # Micro-architecture :: the prefab Boxhome by Rintal Eggertsson Architects

Boxhome, prototype dwelling

Boxhome is a small, 19 square metro dwelling residential project in Oslo by Norwegian architects Rintala Eggertsson, with four rooms covering all basic living functions.

Architect: Sami Rintala, Dagur Eggertsson, John Roger Holte

Completion: 2007
Address:  Maridalsveien 3, Oslo


Smaller homes have many advantages, not least in environmental terms. Boxhome is a dwelling with a useable area of 19 square metres, with four spaces covering the basic functions of a dwelling: kitchen with dining space, bathroom, living room and bedroom. We have focused on the relationship of light, materials and spatial relationships, as well as on reducing floor area.

The result is a compact dwelling at a quarter of the price of a conventional flat of the same size. Perhaps the production of dwellings, although important, is not so complicated that it has to be controlled entirely by market forces? This structure represents an alternative to current consumerist trends and their global consequences, and at the same time it is a peaceful little home within the intensity of the city.


It is constructed using a timber frame and is clad in aluminium. Internally, a different species of wood was chosen for each room.

pine/ structures
cypress/ interior walls and floors
birch/ kitchen
spruce/ bathroom
red oak/ living room
nut/ bedroom

Size: exterior measures 5500 cm (length) x 5700 cm (height) x 2300 cm

Here’s some more information from Rintala Eggertsson:

In the North all residential buildings have to be constructed in an advanced way due to the ever-changing weather. Additionally, houses have to be artificially heated for more than half of the year. Therefore producing smaller homes would bring about a considerable economical and ecological benefit. Today the construction industry is responsible 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 is in addition to a second home called a summer house or a cottage.

Boxhome is a 19 square metre dwelling with four rooms covering the basic living functions: kitchen with dining, bathroom, living room and bedroom.

Firstly, the project focuses on the quality of space, materials and natural light, and tries to reduce unnecessary floor area. The result is a dwelling which is a quarter 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.

The basic need to house a family has become a great business adventure. Making a simple house, after all, is perhaps not such a difficult task. Moreover, meeting the official construction restrictions and laws usually means the use of building industry products and services, thus limiting the possibility of real change and development.

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 of our 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 they wish, forget the intensity of the surrounding city for a while.

Client: Galleri ROM, Maridalsveien 3, Oslo, Norway.
Curator: Henrik de Menassian

Size: exterior measures 5500 cm (length) x 5700 cm (height) x 2300 cm (width).

Boxhome was built for ROM art + architecture in Oslo, and was exhibited there from 30th August to 14th October 2007. Curator: Henrik der Minassian.


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