Re:START Mall Christchurch

Innovative Design at Work

The Re:START mall was established as a response to the massive devastation of the Christchurch earthquake of February 2011. 

Cashel Street, the main shopping mall in Christchurch was badly damaged and a new development for retail was required as the city slowly returned to something that resembled ‘normal life’. 

Re:Start Mall in Christchurch - pop up mall

Re:START Mall Christchurch 

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It was decided that shipping containers would be used as the primary building blocks of the development which would initially house 27 shops, so that it could be constructed quickly in time for Christmas 2011 and with a focus on innovation and creativity. 

It is one of only a few pop-up malls in the world – currently others exist in both London and Mexico.

After a grant was made in October 2011 the mall was constructed so quickly that it was open in time for the busy Christmas trading season. 

The development also includes Ballantynes – a major department store and features cafes, bars, street performers, market stalls, free wi-fi and a range of retailers to bring families and shoppers back to Christchurch central. 

The containers provide colourful backdrops to the dynamic spaces making the Re:start mall one of the features of the renewal of Christchurch central business district. It is also a tourist attraction with great atmosphere, lovely shaded garden areas and buzzing community spaces. 

pop-up mall Christchurch - Re:START Mall

Shaded pop-up mall in Christchurch

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