When a couple looking to escape Chicago began thinking about building a weekend retreat, they had the perfect place in mind: the 10-acre piece of land in Northwest Indiana that had been in the family for years. The property had meaning, but its wetlands provided challenges that were seemingly insurmountable when it came to creating a house. Still, the couple wanted to embrace the land for all it was, so they hired Bamesberger Architecture to see what could be done. "The project started a little larger, and then pared down to gain simplicity of vision during the design process," architect Frank Bamesberger said. Due to the nature of the surroundings, only a small portion of the site could be built on. And to make the most of the construction, the team nestled the dwelling into the hillside, and spread the entire home over a series of blackened steel structures that are connected by wooden decks. In the end, the weekend getaway deemed "the box," is no more than 960 square feet. But the owners "ended up loving it so much they moved in full time," Bamesberger said.