Last fall I visited Brian Levy and the Micro Showcase in Washington, DC. Brian’s friend (a jazz musician) had some triangular shaped property in the Stronghold neighborhood next to an alley and a cemetery. The odd shaped lot is now home to the Boombox, an artist studio and music space made from two 45 foot “High Cube” shipping containers.
High Cube containers are one foot taller than a standard shipping container and at 9 foot 6 inches they can fit a wide range of uses. For the Boombox, the two containers were welded together lengthwise to create a 16×45 foot space and then divided between a 20 foot garage and a 25 foot artist studio. The wall of one side of the studio rolls open (with skateboard wheels) to create a music stage. Guests can sit outside on the lawn to hear impromptu concerts.
Before the structure was built it had to comply with District of Columbia zoning regulations for a “garage/artist studio” and it was completed to DRCA building regulations with full permits. The Boombox is sometimes included on the free Micro Showcase tours.
Photos/Video by Micro Showcase/Boombox DC and Christina Nellemann