4. Socrates Sculpture Park’s First Permanent Building Will Be Made From Shipping Containers

lot-ek_cubes_socrates-sculpture-park-nyc-untapped-cities“The Cubes.” Image via LOT-EK

LOT-EK, a New York-based architecture firm, is designing what will eventually become the first permanent building in Socrate Sculpture Park. Made from six shipping containers, the 2,640-square-foot, two-story structure was originally developed as an art studio for the Whitney Museum of American Art. Socrates Sculpture Park will serve as the building’s second home, where it will be used as a education and office space, as well as a gallery. LOT-EK was also the firm behind the quirky architectural bookstore Van Alen Books, which is no longer.