The Box Office
Last October I was lucky enough to see the grand opening of this building. Located on a former lumber site that had been abandoned for years, this new space holds 12 offices constructed from recycled shipping containers. It uses 25% less energy than a conventional new office building to operate.
Now, opening day always implies PARTY and it doesn’t help that it was a Friday night. However, weather-wise, it was a terrible night. It was unusually chilly, windy and it unexpectedly rained. Now the party was inside so all was well for the party-goers, but as for my friend and I who were manning the registration table outside, it wasn’t so much fun.
However, after a couple hours we were done with our shift and free to explore the building
and mooch off some delicious catered food. One thing that I noticed that I didn’t expect was that the temperature was well regulated because once I came inside, I didn’t feel any drafts coming in at all. Now on the subject of the interior, if I had been blind-folded and dragged inside without seeing the exterior, I wouldn’t have guessed that I was in a used shipping container. The rooms look like a typical modern workplace but it doesn’t have that dreadful cubicle atmosphere. Also, with all its staggered levels of elevation it was pretty fun walking from room to room.
Architect: distill studio
Builder: Stack Design Build
Developer: truth box inc.
Official website: http://www.boxoffice460.com/
Time-lapse video of construction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9bHzeN31gQ