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SCI-ARC IS PLANNING A NEW DIGITAL FABRICATION LAB KNOWN AS THE “MAGIC BOX” (SCI-ARC)
â€œActually, the box isnâ€™t magic, so donâ€™t be disappointed you didnâ€™t get ahold of Merlin the Magician,â€ Eric Owen Moss said at the start of a recent interview. Moss, director of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), was referring to the schoolâ€™s new digital fabrication lab.
Dubbed the Magic Box, the two-story, prefabricated steel structure will be constructed at the south end of the SCI-Arc building. But Moss didnâ€™t want to focus on the laboratory itself, which was designed by several architects affiliated with SCI-Arc (including Moss’s own firm). Instead, he said, â€œthe game is, whatâ€™s inside is magic. Itâ€™s not so much the object, but what the object contains.”