Shipping containers have long been used in alternate ways, consider the Revolutsia, Wichita’s first shipping container shopping mall.
The results of these innovations have created creative looks for businesses.
But these structures aren’t limited to just single environments.
In this article, we’ll look at 9 container shopping malls.
9 Container Shopping Malls
1. TI:ME at Montecillo – El Paso, TX
Built and opened in 2014, TI:ME is a newer occupant at the growing urban development of Montecillo in El Paso.
Made from several shipping containers, TI:ME is a complex that houses several restaurants, bars, specialty stores, and more.
The entire area is about 12,000 sq. ft. for leasing to businesses and is nearby the Montecillo apartments.
2. Implant – Warsaw, Poland
Impact was set to be a temporary leisure shopping and culture complex in downtown Warsaw, Poland. The complex is a social mix for residents, with coffee shops, groceries, hardware stores, and more.
Designed by Jakub Szczesny and his design firm SZCZ, the project used 273 shipping containers split between 20 foot containers and 40 foot containers.
Built for three stories, Implant features bars and restaurants on the ground floor, while studios, shops, and others are on the upper floor.
3. Boxpark – London, UK
Starting as the world’s first pop up mall, Boxpark started the concept of a modern street food market for a unique shopping and dining experience for container shopping malls.
Since then, Boxpark has opened three locations, all made with recycled shipping containers. All three are the brainchildren of British entrepreneur Roger Wade.
Wade is no stranger to using shipping containers as building materials. He previously made his fortunes with the box themed fashion label Boxfresh.
4. Artbox Bangkok – Bangkok, Thailand
Taking the cue from London’s Boxpark above, Artbox Bangkok is created with many shipping containers to create a trendy outdoor container shopping mall and market.
Located in Chuvit Garden, Artbox Bangkok appeals to the younger crowds in the city, offering vintage fashion, handmade accessories, trendy home décor, and funky gadgets.
These goods, while still cheap, have a huge emphasis on being made by local designers.
Artbox Bangkok also has a few bars, a live music stage, and an axe-throwing pavilion.
5. Common Ground – Seoul, South Korea
Opening in 2015, Common Ground claimed the crown as the largest container shopping mall in the world, using 200 shipping containers for the area.
There are four main areas at Common Ground – the street market, market hall, terrace market, and market ground – and all fit within 3 floors of the complex.
This container shopping mall was built as a cultural platform to create new and valuable activities through a creative connection.
6. Box Spot – Cleveland, Ohio
The mission of the Box Spot is to help provide affordable retail spaces for small businesses, while creating a community gathering spot.
In the fall of 2019, 200 sq. ft. of shipping containers debuted in the Kingsman neighborhood. This started with a small soft opening that allowed owners to meet some of their potential customers.
The spot opened in October 2019 and, so far, features a hair salon for children, a nail salon, a candy store, and a restaurant. There is also a stage for live music and performances.
7. NoKa Fair – North Kapaa, Kauai, HI
Restraint and sustainability is the focus of the NoKa Fair shopping mall.
Composed of 19 reused shipping containers, each container is painted in pastel and outfitted with French doors. It also features an awning and boardwalk.
NoKa gets its name from the location – North Kapaa – and was built to be an affordable and sustainable option for local vendors.
NoKa features many different retail shops, as well as restaurants and a farmer’s market. They also have occasional food trucks that stop by.
8. SteelCraft – Long Beach, CA
SteelCraft is an interesting shopping mall on this list as it’s purely dedicated to food and dining. The mall first opened in February of 2017 and now bolsters 3 locations.
As its name implies, many of the eateries serve craft offerings – craft coffee, craft food and dessert, beer, and wine from morning to night.
All three of SteelCraft’s locations were built using repurposed shipping containers, with custom modifications being done to provide kitchens that worked for each restaurant.
9. 27 Boxes – Melville, Johannesburg, South Africa
A bright and colorful shopping center in the trendy suburb of Melville, 27 Boxes is the first shopping mall built from shipping containers in the country.
In fact, that was how the center got its name – each shipping container is exactly 27 square meters.
There are 102 stores in the mall, along with an amphitheater that is used for live concerts, and a play area for visiting children.
Even now, the shopping mall is very popular, opening up to new shops, such as Jolida Foods and creating events like the Lockdown Pop-Up during the corona virus outbreak.
In this article, we looked at 9 container shopping malls, all which have been constructed using recycled or repurposed shipping containers.
As you can see, shipping containers have a wide variety of uses. These are just some of the businesses that are using containers for other purposes.
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