World's first pop-up mall rears its head in London

A new mall is literally popping up in Shoreditch, South London, in a world-first for mall construction.

The BOXPARK mall constructed from shipping containers will be the new home to 60 fashion, art and lifestyle brands.

The innovative design by Roger Wade is a cost-effective and environmental building method and means that these malls can literally pop up anywhere. 

Wade says the beauty of the concept is that the malls can be easily moved or stored until a suitable location is found. 

Boxpark Shoreditch from Roger Wade on Vimeo.

As commenter Glen pointed out, Christchurch has its own version - but there's contention over the origin of the idea. Wade is threatening legal action, saying a Christchurch City Mall board member visited London earlier this year to discuss a potential Boxpark joint venture.