Boxcar 10

Bringing daily life to a new cultural hub

  • Type Mixed-Use,
  • Location Omaha, Nebraska
  • Area 10,000 sq. ft
  • Status Built
  • Date 2015
  • Collaborators

    Min | Day

Boxcar 10 is the mixed-use commercial component of a master plan anchored by the BLUEBARN Theatre in the rapidly growing arts hub near downtown Omaha. Three projects; an open public space, theatre, and the mixed use building introduce a collective urbanism that formally integrates the institutional, public, and private realms.  Boxcar 10 contains a ground-floor restaurant and 3 open loft-apartments with spectacular city views. Private parking behind the compact building extends along the southern edge of the BLUEBARN Theatre and the Green in the City open space.


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The privately-owned public open space was designed by el dorado, inc., Urban Rain Design, and Design + Make, winners of a national design competition coordinated by Min Day. Rendering by el dorado and Design + Make.

The ground floor material continuity with BLUEBARN emphasizes the plinth upon which the residential block sits. Each apartment features a bright orange-red cut-out balcony that animates the black cube. Public spaces in the interior continue the black, gray and red-orange theme. The black cube of Boxcar 10 is identical in proportion to the black box void of the theatre contained within the adjacent building.

Project Awards

2017 AIA Central States Honor Award for Architecture

2016 AIA Nebraska Honor Award for Architecture

2016 AIA San Francisco Special Commendation for Urban Design

2016 ACSA Faculty Design Award


Featured on Dezeen and ArchDaily

Listed by Slate as one of 8 projects in The Best Things America Built in 2016., “Combinational Logic in Nebraska” by Fabrizio Gallanti, March 18, 2018

C3 Special: Contemporary Communities C3 Publishing Company, Seoul, Korea, 2017

Architect, “Blue Barn Theatre and Boxcar 10, Min | Day” by Chelsey Blahut

The Architects Newspaper, “Black and Blue in Omaha: Two Buildings on One Site with Two Clients – Designed by One Office in Two Locations” by Matthew Messner, Issue 13 November 4, 2015

Photography By Photographs by Paul Crosby
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