Memory Box

Adaptive Reuse


"Saturating spaces with storage entices curiosity and invites curation - an ongoing process of editing with intention - as a driver ofdiscovery."

~ Megan Panzano, “Objectives: The Architectural Potentials of Storage” in Harvard Design Magazine, No. 43, F/W 2016

Storage, in its current form, renders our belongings invisible and places them out of arm’s reach, expunging them from the mind’s eye. They begin to lose hold on our daily lives, and items that once held personal significance gradually become trifles. Storing, as a result, becomes an act of forgetting.

The Memory Box seeks to serve the function of storage as remembering as opposed to hoarding. This personal storage system allows users to cherish their fondest memories and celebrate the objects that they or their loved ones own. The architecture creates moments of visibility and interaction, and opportunities for an exchange of memories between storage users. They are encouraged to curate their rooms to tell their story, or the story of someone else. In doing so, each personalized room fosters cathartic moments of reflection.

Today’s storage methods place an onus on user privacy and visibility of contents. Memory Box, however, invites the public to view the diverse collection of narratives housed within each box. Floating catwalks surround the periphery of the storage volume, housed within a brilliant white mesh cage that levitates just above the existing structure. Visitors have the opportunity to join the celebration of storage and are encouraged to explore the curated vignettes into the memories of others. Memory Box, as a result, transforms storage, a conventionally private service, into a public good.