MB architecture sets a prefabricated multi-purpose container in bard college, new york

MB architecture sets a prefabricated multi-purpose container in bard college, new york

with a budget slightly over $200,000 MB architecture found a solution for the new york bard college media lab. the building is prefabricated and takes only half a day to install with no more on-site work than the pouring of concrete foundation walls.



as a prototype, MB architecture’s the container offers schools and universities an affordable solution to their urgent classroom space needs, while providing flexible space for various programs and events. by adding a large pivoting garage door that opens to a quad, the main room — a 17’ tall space — will transform to a stage-set for performances, concerts and theatrical events, engaging the quad and ensuring a productive relationship between the building and campus at large.

project info:


project name: bard media lab

architecture: mb architecture (previously maziar behrooz architecture)

lead architect:maziarbehrooz

fabricator: snapspace solutions

client: bard college department of experimental humanities

client representative: jeff katz

location: bard college, new york

size: 960 sqf

program: media lab

  • Whilst I applaud the use of shipping containers to provide extra educational space this example seems to waste a lot of the potential usable space with a double height area expanding over most of the floor area leaving only a small gallery area on the first floor (2nd floor in the USA I guess)

    Ron Stephens says:
  • Ron Stephens,

    ‘Follow the program’, so to speak. The need for a flexible space that could be used for small concerts, performances, multi-media events, gatherings, conferences, and installations together with our objective to create a sense of spaciousness within such a small footprint resulted in the decision to maintain a double-height space. On the day of the opening, our decision was validated: even with a large crowd in the space, it did not feel small and, on the contrary, we felt it could even receive more people.

    The @Bard_eh instagram feed follows the activities within the space, and will give you a good sense of the functionality of the space.


    MB Architecture says:

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