City and suburban houses tend to be optimized for the central services that they receive, but the Box House by Adam LoPorto is a great example of a house that escapes the grid and incorporates a breadth of systems that take proper advantage if its natural surroundings.
This endearing dwelling won the 2010 Angelo Donghia Foundation Grant, and a closer look at its features reveals just why. Its structure is inspired by large commercial buildings, but clever cladding allows for intelligent interaction between the elements inside and out. Solar panels are installed on the roof to supply energy to the interior, while passive ventilation ensures that fresh air is kept circulating throughout the home. The Box House by Adam LoPorto takes advantage of its thermal mass micro-climate, sealed tightly like "a box within a box."