27Boxes: A Lesson in Scale and Integration


Departing from the current retail trend of enclosed, homogenous shopping centres, 27Boxes in Melville is a vibrant, community-based, open-air retail park.

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Using modular building blocks in the form of shipping containers combined with brick and concrete elements, the complex provides a welcome alternative to centres that rely heavily on artificial light and ventilation to determine the quality of their indoor environments.

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Here, open-air play spaces and courtyards, views through the structure connecting covered spaces to the surrounding neighbourhood, and a scale of architecture that is decidedly human help to create a flexible, responsive and well-integrated complex that speaks to the maxim that architecture is not just about built form and space, but mostly about people.
 
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In addition to providing a home for entrepreneurs committed to innovation, the park offers boutique style stores selling an enticing variety of lifestyle products, art, crafts, furniture, clothing and jewellery, interior décor, food and beverages; as well as events for the surrounding community and visitors, including Children’s Day to celebrate Mandela Day on 18 July 2015.

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Project: 27Boxes
Address: 75 3rd Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg
Developers: Citiq Properties
Website: www.27boxes.co.za