a canopy roof protects the common
outdoor space between the two clusters of
recycled containers from the elements.
High-efficiency heat pumps create a comfortable
ambience, windows are operable, and daylight
response sensors measure lighting. Bioswales, or
rain gardens, reduce two-thirds of rain runoff; a
planted roof helps with water filtration.
Completed in November 2010, the
building’s bold architecture, environmental
responsibility, and affordability attracted a variety of young, visionary tenants, including Case,
Haskett, and Brandt, whose companies, Truth
Box Inc., Distill Studio, and Stack Design
Build, respectively, all have offices there.
Bert Cooper of the Coalition to End
Childhood Lead Poisoning wanted offices that
reflected his work. “Those containers turned
out to be the perfect size for an operation that
requires two or three desks . . . plus, the build-
ing is pretty cool.”
Kelly Taylor worked with Peter Case on
the building’s interiors and then moved her
design firm, Kelly Taylor Interior Design,
there (“Who wouldn’t want to?” she asks). “So
many aspects of the Box Office are in align-
ment with our mission,” says Kelly Ramirez
of Social Venture Partners Rhode Island. For
John Kilkelly, sales director of the German
translation company acrolinx IQ, “the space
is visually inspiring and brings me in contact
with like-minded people.”
Everyone smilingly mentions the rail-
road tracks, only a few feet from the building.
A lumbering freight train or a speeding Acela
adds additional vibrancy to the Box Office.
Crayola blue, green, and yellow containers
announce to train passengers that they are
arriving in an unusually creative city.