The Box Office: New Creative Space Opens

The Box Office, located at the crossing of Yongjia and Jiashan Lu, is the new creative space shared by MARS Architects, CLOUD-9 interior design and More Architecture. It's equipped with a photo studio and has been designed to be easily adaptable to the needs of its users, whether it be for formal meetings, workshops, film screenings or exhibitions. For instance, this past weekend saw The Box Office's opening party, for which the place was fitted to accommodate a runway show, video art installations and live performances. Models displaying shoe designs by United Nude. CH talked to one of the brains behind the operation, Daan Roggeveen of More Architecture, who explains the design of the new space: "The interior MARS Architects has designed for The Box Office has been tailored to suit these three companies. However, the design is flexible with moving walls and modular tables that allow the space to be used in many different ways. For instance, the photo studio can be used for independent projects and even rented out during the weekends. Meanwhile, every three months the layout will change to accommodate special events relating to design, architecture and urban space." Moving walls. Modular tables. Pretty cool, eh? Premiere screening of "MUTE" by Studio Job, Joris & Marieke. So where did the idea to do this come from? Explains Roggeveen: "Neville Mars initiated the co-working space by inviting two of his close friends working in the fields of architecture and design, Karin An Rijlaarsdam [and me], to join him. The idea was that beyond simple sharing space and resources, we felt we shared a similar methodology in the way we work. Our designs essentially have a strong (possibly Dutch) conceptual angle and all follow a strong research-driven approach." Performance by REDIC. Roggeveen also tells us that they're hoping to showcase the work of promising designers about town: "Every season we will invite two designers to present their work at an event to be held in The Box Office. It is our hope that these presentations will enable up-and-coming designers not only to introduce their work but offer us a glance in the kitchen, revealing how their creations are really made." For upcoming public events held at The Box Office, keep an eye on our CH Events page. *** Cover photo: model in lingerie by Irene Lu / Lyl Pillowbook. Images courtesy of The Box Office.