This video was filmed in December 2014, recording the process of building the structure of the Hillcrest stair tower.  We used HSS 10 x 4 x 3/8" for the structure,  10 x 8 x 1/2" plate for the mounting assemblies, and 1/4" folded stainless steel for the stair treads.  Additionally, all welds on the upper stringer assembly and catwalk were seal-welded to prevent water penetration into the building.  The fabrication time was five weeks (for two women).  The four assemblies totaling 8,500 lbs were craned into place on Jan 15, 2015.


Check out "Your Rooms We Love" special edition of Dwell magazine released this month for a peak into the Ross Residence.  Look to the staircase for some of Ms Pegram's craft and expertise.. custom handrails, guardrails, and steelwork!

A special thanks to our awesome friend and project manager Maggie Kirsch and Tonic Design for another fun collaboration!

Check out our gallery for more images of the project..

2014 Sir Walter Raleigh Award

Tactile Workshop and The Wander Box team were honored in September for a 2014 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance.  Recognizing outstanding new contributions to the character, environment and appearance of the City of Raleigh, this is the first year an award was given for innovation. The awards committee noted The Wander Box's collaboration with local breweries, while bringing life to underused sites and engaging the community in a new way.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Wanderbox's initial success, we look forward to activating new and exciting spaces with you next summer!

possibilities of fast-track : Wander box

The Wander Box was pitched to us as a broad-stroke idea: a concept to morph a shipping container into a mobile beer garden.

We had one week to design and engineer the mobile beer garden, and two weeks for demolition and construction.  With a limited budget and limited time, the design had to be straightforward, practical, and concise.  The result is an object that is honest, elegant, and highly functional.  Perhaps this is the possibility of fast-track design/build.. a clear idea, efficiently executed.  

The container was chopped apart to open two sides of the box, creating an L-shaped bar and a spacious serving area.  The bar opens with two recessed counter-weighted doors, which rest flush to the bar surfaces and are operable by one person.  The beer garden extends from the front of the box with an array of lights and a grid of tables and benches seating 100 people.  The Wanderbox is serviced by a 12-tap/ 24-keg capacity cooler room, powered by batteries or 110v power.  The Wanderbox is temporal and mobile, with all of its auxiliary components designed to be packed into the serving area and secured for travel.  At night, the polycarbonate door cladding allows a single light to illuminate the yellow interior, glowing and inviting intrigue after the doors are closed and locked.  The exterior was left untouched, showing wear from years of use and contrasting sharply with its refined interior and signage.  

We had the privilege of working with an excellent client who trusted our intuition and allowed us to modify and refine our design as we worked through this fast-paced project.  Several details were developed during construction, and the result is more comprehensive product that both owner and designer feel good about.  The Wanderbox is a testament to the power of collaboration, where good ideas mesh with an enthusiastic attitude towards designing better spaces for better interactions.  

For more information on the project, visit our gallery and the official Wanderbox website.