We've seen how skilled architecture firm LOT-EK is at crafting individual stores from shipping containers, so why not a whole mall? Conceived for the busy corner of 42nd St. and 5th Avenue in New York City, this prominent vertical shopping center would be composed of nine levels of shipping containers stacked unevenly to create an undulating facade. What a great excuse to go shopping!
With the economy stalling, there are currently many empty lots or slivers of land sitting stagnant in the city. Shipping container malls could revitalize those unused spaces. Not only are they easier and in many cases cheaper to construct and uninstall than typical buildings, the natural curiosity they breed in people makes them a great tourist attraction which in turn bolsters the economy.
In the 5th Avenue shipping container mall, each module would serve to house one shop. A system of catwalks, elevators and stairs would sit between the containers and an adjacent building creating a way for people to travel through the mall as well as outdoor space to enjoy. To break up the facade, containers are removed in some spaces so that air and daylight can permeate the mall.