Blank Box

BLANK BOX is a mobile modular structure designed for metropolitan areas. It is designed to accommodate activities as diverse as pop-up shops, beer gardens, and library outposts. The system consists of pre-fabricated modules that attach together to produce a larger, customized structure. Expandable and interchangeable components allow it to grow and adapt to changing needs.

The initial concept of Blank Box came from observations and thoughts about vacant land and its relationship to blight and crime in Philadelphia.

Shiftspace was selected to further develop Blank Box as a participant in the Fast FWD Incubator with GoodCompany Ventures, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, and the City of Philadelphia.

BLANK BOX is built around modules. Standard modules are divided into two basic groups, end caps and body modules. Body modules include entryways, windows and other architectural features.

Project Credits

Year: 2015
Client: Urban Place Systems
Design Lead: Tim Barnes
Project Team: Mario Gentile, Connor White, Zhefeng Liu, Mike Cucinotta
Photography: Tim Barnes