June 07, 2007
Temporary art in the Heights

This is very cool.

So as I've mentioned a few times, one of my best friends is co-owner of a construction company called Numen Development that uses shipping containers as the basis for their structures.

Three months ago, they got a commission from Apama Mackey to design and build the new Mackey Gallery.

Today [Wednesday], the shipping containers will be delivered and installed to the new site of the 1400 square foot gallery, and you can see for yourself what this form of construction looks like. They started this morning with merely a few spread footings and grade beams and they'll finish this evening with all the containers set and a good portion (if not all) of the roof in place. By Friday, there will be a completely secured, weatherproof building where there is NOTHING right now! I've seen them as they've been built out at the Numen warehouse, and they're pretty damned awesome. The gallery will be at 628 East 11th Street in the Heights, right next to Berryhill.

Very cool, but the best part is how amazingly enviro-friendly the whole thing is. Click over and check it out. Comcast permitting, I'll try to upload a few pics of the process.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on June 07, 2007 to Elsewhere in Houston