A perfect example of how a shipping container mall can enhance an area as well as being a bustling business environment. One of the big issues of starting businesses in a city is getting a store the right size for a budget. Shipping container malls could be a solution to the problem offering up starter business modules or as we see here geared towards a specific type of customer which brings all the brands into one place.
Here in the Philippines there is always a shortage of budget accommodation. Everyone is aiming for the market of around P8,000+ per month rental yet the average worker is earning less than that. Looking for accommodation in the region of P800 – P1,500 a month. Maybe cheap but doesn’t mean they are a bum often they are working away from home and just need someone to rest,wash and eat. People that work in the malls etc are a typical example of people needing accommodation on the cheap. These pop up shipping containers could make an ideal solution as the 20ft you see in the video is suitable for 2 x bunk rooms in real terms P4,000 a month income if at full capacity. The technology in this may seem a bit complicated but often the issue here in the Philippines is transportation costs. If you can stack these units in 4 it would save me P15,000 just in transportation of the truck that could normally only carry one. I can see these being useful for many things including temporary accommodation for festivals where often people are willing to pay over the odds for a little bit of luxury. Great idea and well put together by Flexotel.
To be honest this really annoys me the fact that as part of Re:START a project is being sued in Christchurch New Zealand after a pop up shopping mall was installed. Why? for breach of intellectual property rights interesting concept considering that its “shipping containers!” its not even a new idea as shipping container malls have been in existence in third world countries as well as other locations for some time. But this doesn’t stop the owners of Boxpark Mall out of London from trying to coin the idea as their own. On top of the fact the concept is not new Christchurch in New Zealand has done this project as part of getting life back to normality after an earthquake that killed 166 people but let that not get in the way of the developers of Boxpark Mall. Personally I would say boycott Boxpark Mall if your in London as this intellectual property nonsense has got out of control on a lot of things where people assume they can just sue and get away with bullying their way through life.