The Box / Bamesberger Architecture

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Valparaiso, United States
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  960 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Graham Sandelski
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Benjamin Moore, James Hardie, Marvin
The Box / Bamesberger Architecture - Facade, Windows, Garden
© Graham Sandelski

Text description provided by the architects. The Box is a 960-square-foot residence inspired by the owner’s desire for a small house overlooking an untouched wetland. Conceived as a series of boxes nestled into the hillside, the house gently engages the site offering varied views of the landscape.

The Box / Bamesberger Architecture - Table, Chair, Beam
© Graham Sandelski

To set the house into the site, the main living space was built into the hillside. Excavated rocks were reused as a base for the steel encased fireplace as well as a stepping stone inside the front door. The front door was built from a walnut tree found dead on the site.

The Box / Bamesberger Architecture - Sofa, Windows
© Graham Sandelski
Floor Plan
The Box / Bamesberger Architecture - Sofa, Windows, Shelving, Table, Lighting, Beam
© Graham Sandelski

The Box functions primarily on one main level, with an open-plan kitchen, dining, and living space. A small loft space provides a sleeping area and a home office. The two-story shower provides a spatial surprise in the otherwise small space.

The Box / Bamesberger Architecture - Garden
© Graham Sandelski

Set at a varying angles are two square decks, a screened porch, and a small storage structure continue the spatial concept creating a small grouping of buildings along the edge of the wetlands. 

The Box / Bamesberger Architecture - Windows, Chair, Bed, Bedroom
© Graham Sandelski

Material choices are based on affordability with a primarily natural raw appearance. Blackened steel, stone, concrete, birch plywood create a material palette complimenting the native trees and grasslands.


Product Description: Marvin windows were chosen for their cost efficiency and many standard size choices.  The windows are staggered in varying sizes allowing for complex view experiences.

The Box / Bamesberger Architecture - Table, Sofa, Shelving
© Graham Sandelski

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Cite: "The Box / Bamesberger Architecture" 05 May 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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