MB Architecture has completed Bard Media Lab, located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, United States. Made from four recycled shipping containers, the lab measures 960ft² (89m²).
The project arose out of a grant of $100,000 and was prefabricated, delivered and installed in half a day at a cost slightly over $200,000. As a prototype, it offers schools and universities an affordable solution to their urgent classroom space needs.
The budget required that we explore options beyond conventional construction. We tapped into some of our previous explorations and projects with shipping containers and offered a completely prefabri-cated building that needs no more on-site work than the pouring of concrete foundation walls. At the end of the half-day installation, the Lab was occupied and within a few days, fully operational.
The Lab will rotate between various departments at the college; flexibility was therefore a given. By adding a large pivoting garage door that opens to a quad, the main room, a 17’ tall space, will trans-form to a stage-set for performances, concerts and theatrical events — engaging the quad and ensur-ing a productive relationship between the building and campus at large.
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Photographs by Matthew Carbone
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