The ‘box’ is any rectangular living space, but the box we don’t want is the one that poorly satisfies our human dimensions and activities. The problem presents itself when living space is compromised over building costs. These choices boil down to balancing livable space with the building budget, however, creativity in space design is not limited; that’s how architects create nests.
When you are working with house concepts you must include the roof in the equation. The 5-sided (pentagon) house shape we are familiar with: a sloped roof and a box under the roof. In the figures below, all will shed the weather, yet which shape will most comfortably accommodate our activities with the least material cost?