Any Inhabitat reader knows that we are huge fans of shipping container construction. The prefab building blocks can be used to create just about any structure, from radio stations and playgrounds to health clinic and homes. Angus Vail and Julie Daugherty, a husband and wife duo in New York City, have used two shipping containers to create ArtBloc, a mobile, multipurpose art space that will be used for performances and art exhibits.
The eco-friendly art space is currently being built on Marina 59 out in Far Rockaway, Queens. The duo originally wanted to start an art gallery in Jersey City, but the property they wanted wasn’t available. But a shipping container was sitting on the lot, which inspired Vail to think outside the box and inside the container. “I thought, we could cut this open and use it as a stage in the summer,” he told the Wall Street Journal.
Working with architect Tim Steele, they crafted a space made by joining together two 20-foot long shipping containers. Being able to move and change the space was a top priority, and the containers were designed with cut-outs that can be fitted with pop-in windows or used as walkways depending on how ArtBloc is being used. The containers can be stacked on top of each other to create a two-story gallery or stage; they can be arranged and opened side by side to form a long performance space, or one can function as the stage and the other as a holding space.
Vail and Daugherty are completely open to ideas for how to use ArtBloc. They want it to be a dynamic pop-up community space where people can experience art, watch performance, cook food, throw a dance party, or screen films — the possibilities are endless. They are currently raising funding for the project through Kickstarter. With 33 days left to go, they’ve already raised more than half of their $20,000 goal.
Images © Tim Steele Design