27 Boxes, A shopping centre built out of shipping containers

27 Boxes is a shopping centre in the trendy suburb of Melville, Johannesburg. What makes it unique is that it is made entirely of shipping containers – a first in South Africa. It was inspired by the Boxpark in London and the George Pompidou Centre in Paris .

For those of you wondering where the name came from – like me, it is called ” 27 Boxes “, because each container is 27 square meters.

27 Boxes

27 Boxes

The containers are occupied by chic boutique style retail stores and trendy eateries that made my mouth water. I expected them to be dark and dingy but found them to be bright and colourful instead.

27 Boxes stores

27 Boxes stores

There are 102 stores.

27 Boxes

27 Boxes shop

27 Boxes shops

Although I popped in for a quick look and didn’t have much time to shop, I was dragged into the bookshop by my bookworm daughter, in between snapping photos on my phone. Of course, she couldn’t walk out empty-handed.

Flowers at 27 Boxes

Flowers at 27 Boxes

The complex also encompasses an amphitheatre which will be used for live concerts and a play area for children.

There is ample parking available. For more information, go to 27 Boxes.


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Very interesting topic, appreciate it for posting.

Michael Hockam

This is truly amazing! I have browsed the internet always looking for innovative new ideas but this is probably one of the largest scale shipping container projects I have come across. The idea behind is very unique but it looks absolutely stunning and is very stylish. Even though you weren’t able to get many photo’s the ones you have are great, I was wondering do you know if these are all new containers or were they previously used as shipping containers? Thanks for this great article.


    Hi Michael. Thank you for dropping by. I believe that these were previously used as shipping containers.

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