Gallery: Brooklyn’s New DeKalb Market is Made from 22 Salvaged Shipping...

© Leonel Lima Ponce for Inhabitat
This weekend Inhabitat rushed to the opening weekend of Brooklyn's DeKalb Market, a joint venture between specialty market developers Urban Space and Youngwoo and Associates. Since it was first announced in March, we've been anxiously awaiting the opening of the market, which was designed by architect Thomas Kosbau and built from discarded shipping containers. It has brought together local entrepreneurs into not just a market, but an outdoor community center that showcases Brooklyn's current economy and culture, while hinting at its heritage as a major manufacturing center and commercial port. During our visit on a sweltering Sunday morning, the DeKalb Market was just opening up for the day, which allowed us to get a closer look at some of the structures and talk to the vendors about their new spaces. Hit the jump to see the new digs and find out more!

Read the rest of this entry »


or your inhabitat account below


  1. GlenwoodNYC September 6, 2011 at 9:50 am

    We are seeing amazing things being done with these used containers on and around Manhattan. It is fantastic. The Dekalb Market, and its resident vendors have taken this to a high-art. Kudos to them!

  2. lasid August 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I have a great affinity for containers and all of their possibilities. While the redneck abode might not be to everyone’s liking I, personally, am fascinated by the thought process one must go through to create alternative housing solutions. I have never seen a container shipyard that compares to the one outside of St. Petersburg, Russia although I am sure there is another some where in this world. I just keep thinking to myself “what could we do with all of the containers?”

  3. Where No Cars Go July 31, 2011 at 6:58 am

    I’m really not so sure what’s so glorious of using containers. It reminds me of some of the real conditions I’ve seen in third world countries where they have large malls built this way more out of necesity rather than novelty. And now it is here in Brooklyn on high priced land.