The Box Office was constructed from 32 shipping containers in Providence, Rhode Island, on the former Harris Lumber site. The container building consists of 12 studio/office spaces. Joe Haskett from Distill Studio created the design and the project was developed by Truth Box.
Among the many green features are:
- using recycled containers;
- a super tight, well-insulated exterior with high thermal performance doors and windows;
- high efficiency heat pumps (air source) in each unit;
- ERVs (energy recovery ventilators) to provide fresh air and to conserve energy;
- solar panel array (10 KwH) on the roof (the building is "all electric").
The Box Office uses 22 KBTU/sf/year, or about 25% of a "typical" office building.
Windows location is strategically designed to provide the most indoor daylight with the most effective openings sizes; the result are well-lit and comfortable interiors with superior air quality in the units, even though the Box Office is nestled between a major urban roadway, a train track and a highway.
Designer: Distill Studio
Developer: Truth Box
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Photos: Nat Rea, Glen Turner