A friend approached us to plan the organization of her photography studio as she relocated to a prominent downtown location. With little money to spend on the project, the tedious task was accepted and a challenge was set. How do you turn a simple and straightforward ‘needs- based’ bland job of organizing file cabinets into an architectural proposal?

Consider the empty art crate: just unpacked, or prepared for packing, a work in flux. Standing inside the modern art crate, the observer looks out. The process of creating photography resides on either side of the plywood walls, ceiling and floor. The lighting serves as a directional cue to move towards the working and viewing salon for discussion about the subjects and the social implications that the work introduces.

The intent is to elevate the artist’s performance of display. Permutations and combinations of the photos occur, disperse, and reassemble into a series of collections on the long axis of the space. The smooth, white, steel wall is punctuated with these photos suspended by simple white magnets. The open, flexible plan, is welcoming and comfortable for public viewing as well as working. The large sliding walls expose the larger working and cataloguing area. If closed, there is flexibility of private work zones and a formal gallery experience.