4 Box House is a single prefabricated timber house conceived as a unit of a row house development. The house is made with 4 modular volumetric elements constructed off side with timber cross laminated boards. Two boxes, one on each floor, accommodate the ‘serving spaces’ (entrance, circulation, bathroom, laundry, technical room, wc), while the other two, one per floor, accommodate the ‘served spaces’ (living/dining/kitchen area, main bedrooms). The functions are further organized keeping the ‘night area’ on the second floor and leaving the ‘day area’ on the first.
The boxes are not piled evenly but slightly staggered. This shift generates a more interesting facade, with lights and shadows breaking the flatness of the traditional prefabricated houses. Moreover the shift generates external covered areas and two balconies.
Attached to the units, a small volume accommodating an external storage and a bicycle parking space separates the entrance gardens guaranteeing the privacy of the occupants.
Flower pots hanging from the facades characterize the project. The owners can decide during the design phase the number, size and position of the pots to personalize their house and make it their home.
All the house units on the site are oriented north-south with the main entrance and kitchen on the north and the living space and main garden on the south.
Only one building per plot with no ancillary structures – attaching the external storage to the main building and excluding any garage from the site – improves the buildings layout and quality of the external spaces, private front and back gardens and shared surrounding areas.