8. The Cubes Administration and Education Building
When it is constructed, the Cubes Building will house the administration and programming facilities for Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria. Comprised of 18 shipping containers, the structure originally began as a commission by The Whitney Museum of Art, and has since been donated to the park; it is the first permanent fixture in Socrates’ 30 year history.
The use of shipping containers emphasizes the park’s industrial past, its history of reclamation and its focus on presenting contemporary art. It will provide a home for educational programming, exhibits and presentations, in addition to offering a shaded, outdoor deck for classes.