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First African Shopping Mall Made From Shipping Containers Built in South Africa

Johannesburg joins London & Paris in the new trend of recycling shipping containers

Monday 22nd June 2015

Citiq Group are about to launch their latest project in Johannesburg… a shopping mall built almost entirely from shipping containers. Architect Arthur Blake is very proud of his achievement, describing it as a “dream project.”

HowWeMadeItInAfrica.com quoted Blake as saying We had extremely limited funds. It continued to rain. As we [dug] down, we got rock, which delayed the project. We’ve never done a retail development and this one took me by surprise at how long it would actually take

Using shipping containers to construct such a building is saving the company $1m when compared to using traditional building materials.

The popularity of the units have proved so great, that “27 Boxes” (as the mall has been named) has been able to hand pick its tenants. The mall is focusing its attention on getting artists into the space, but there will also be restaurants and a nursery amongst other things.

This is a fantastic example of how innovation can help you create new and desirable products in Africa, whilst saving you money at the same time.

You can read the original article here.