Folk in a Box by Cristina Monteiro

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Performance venues don't get any more intimate than this. Folk in a Box provides just enough space for a single musician to play to an audience of one.

Folk in a Box by Cristina Monteiro

Above: photograph is by Sakiko Kohashi

The mobile wooden venue was designed by London architect Cristina Monteiro to be easily dismantled and reassembled in different locations.

Folk in a Box by Cristina Monteiro

An arched doorway on the front provides an entrance for the spectator, while an arched stable door at the back serves as both a whiskey bar and the stage door.

Folk in a Box by Cristina Monteiro

Built by artisan carpenters, the box features a patterned exterior that makes it look like a staircase is positioned in front of it.

Folk in a Box by Cristina Monteiro

Other mobile buildings we've featured on Dezeen include a disco caravan and an armoured cabin.

Folk in a Box by Cristina Monteiro

Photography is by David Knight, apart from where otherwise stated.

Folk in a Box by Cristina Monteiro

The text below is from the Folk in a Box team:


Folk in a Box

Architect Cristina Monteiro has designed and delivered a unique one-on-one performance venue for an acclaimed musical collective.

Folk in a Box by Cristina Monteiro

‘Folk in a Box’ is the UK’s smallest performance venue. One audience member is allowed in at a time. The door is closed behind them. They are given one song, performed by one musician. By the time the song is the over, the musician is just about visible in the darkness and intimacy of the box. The experience is compelling.

Folk in a Box by Cristina Monteiro

In earlier incarnations, the Folk in a Box project has featured at Tate Britain, the Royal Festival Hall, and Battersea Arts Centre, plus a host of music festivals and street-corner appearances. The new, high-spec and easily assembledbox has been made ready for a tour of the UK later in 2012.

Folk in a Box by Cristina Monteiro

The box is designed to feel familiar yet strange in a wide variety of places, from living rooms to high streets. It’s not quite sure if it’s a building or furniture, new or old.

Folk in a Box by Cristina Monteiro

Client: Folk in a Box
Designer: Cristina Monteiro
Construction: Aldworth James & Bond

Project funded by the Joyce Carr Doughty Trust with the support of BAC.

  • Llydia Llapwing

    It's a very lovely box but it would be an absolute nightmare being the only member of the audience.

  • jxd

    I agree with Llydia. Being trapped in a box with a folk musician is the stuff of nightmares.

  • jan jan kanneman

    why does it look like a toilet?

  • http://wwww.rosemarysutcliff.com Anthony

    Actually, from experience, it is far from a nightmare being the only member of the audience: it is intimate and intriguing.

    • xtiaan

      if by intimate and intriguing you mean claustrophobic and socially awkward I totally agree

  • xtiaan

    "can I smoke? wheres the moshpit? uh dude your guitar isnt plugged in… what do you mean your guitar doesnt plug in?!"

    its like that deam you have, no not the naked at work one, the one where you are trapped inside a small box with a folk musician….

  • xtiaan

    seriously this is like a special circle of hell Dante thought too horrific to mention…