27 Boxes. SA’s first Shipping Container Shopping Centre.

Making a bold statement, yet blending into the surrounding suburb of Melville, 27Boxes is a realisation of edgy design and practical implementation.  A radical departure from the shopping malls of our generation, yet not a return to the high streets of our youth. 27Boxes showcases the best of a shopping centre set in a garden, surrounded by the bohemian suburb of Melville in Johannesburg.

27Boxes is built entirely from shipping containers, the first of its kind in South Africa. The design combines shipping containers, garden plants and rolling lawns, together with other brick and concrete elements for a richly different look and feel.

The design team toured Europe looking at shipping container developments and retail centre design, challenging themselves with how they could do it differently and better.  From Boxpark in London (a renowned and successful shopping centre built entirely from shipping containers) and the George Pompidou Centre in Paris (a bold and world famous statement of industrial design). The creative and architectural teams has now taken this to a new level – 27Boxes is pioneering in concept and design, and profiles Johannesburg at the forefront of international design.