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Architecture firm LOT-EK, which recently built a traveling store for Puma entirely out of shipping containers, wants to use the same concept for a nine-story mall on the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. The mall would be built out of staggered crates, each one holding an individual store. Occasional open spaces would bring in light and air, and an adjacent maze of catwalks and stairs would lead customers from store to store.
Is this crazy? Well, yes, and at the moment it's really just a proposal. But it sounds like it could be crazy in a good way. Design blog Inhabitat explains the benefits: Container malls could bring new life to abandoned lots around the city, especially since shipping-crate construction is easier and often cheaper than regular construction. And the built-in curiosity factor attracts tourists, who would presumably go on to spend money elsewhere in the neighborhood. As temporary structures filled with fashion types go, this sounds like it might be even better for Bryant Park than Fashion Week.
· Puma City Shipping Container Store Comes to Boston’s Fan Pier [Inhabitat]
· LOT-EK’s Nine Level Shipping Container Mall for New York City [Inhabitat]
· Nine-Story Mall Made of Shipping Containers Coming to NYC? [Runnin' Scared]