Four Salvaged Boxes: wHY@work

The 4 Salvaged Boxes document the design approach and process wHY Architectureapplied toward quality design and creative environmental sustainability, with focus on the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the first new art museum building in the world to receive the LEED Gold certification, and other current projects from wHY Architecture and Design.

The boxes are made with salvaged materials from the Museum. When closed, the boxes function as their own traveling crates, protecting their inner contents. When opened, the boxes unfold to present information about the sustainable design features of the Grand Rapids Art Museum and other innovative green projects, through the use of diagrams, models, material samples and videos. Being made from recycled materials and designed to produce minimal waste in its installation and transportation, the boxes are like a traveling “cabinet of curiosities,” moving from one place to another to interact with their audience.

Previous locations include Grand Rapids, Bangkok, Mumbai, Louisville and Tyler, Texas. The University of Oregon in Portland is proud to host this exciting exhibition and invites you to come explore the “4 Boxes: wHY at Work.” The exhibition will take place until April 15. Additionally, Yo-ichiro Hakomori, AIA and Kulapat Yantrasast, AIA will discuss recent work and design approach in a lecture March 30 at the White Stag Block Commons in UO. For more information, visit

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Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "Four Salvaged Boxes: wHY@work" 24 Mar 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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