Melville’s very own brand newly built shopping complex, is made entirely of concrete, steel, and shipping containers. The Twenty seven boxes shopping center, is both innovative, and fun like in structural design. Making it the first of its kind in South Africa. As interesting in design, so are the stores inside it. Majority of the stores are non-franchise organizations. Ranging from arts and crafts, jewelry made from concrete. To de-core, food, a food court, and Italian deli store. Tasty sandwich store and coffee shop. Crazy like chocolate creations, from hot chocolate made with chilly. Macaroon store, amazingly made prawns, and Greek food restaurant. Spice shop, book store, fashion and clothing for adults and newly born babies. A recycling store, that’s turning waste material into bags and wallets. Cycle shop, beautiful flower store. Print and photo shop, and much more.
In South Africa today, it’s very hard for the average person, to start their own business. As well keep their businesses going, and make sure that they have a sustainable market. What Twenty seven boxes has done, is basically, bridged the gap between the ordinary man on the street, and those in niche markets, that can’t be usually tapped into, because of the lack of awareness for them. The platform that which Twenty seven boxes provides, is an everyday market place, where you can have niche businesses all in one place. Where the public can now go to a place, where they’d usually wouldn’t find that particular item, or product, but are now then, capable of finding that particular product, and enjoying that experience. Twenty seven boxes, is an innovation of the traditional shopping mall, it’s exclusive and different, and it’s also not going to have everything that everyone has, ‘like the reproduction up the mill sort of thing’. This is because of the exclusive stores, that aren’t about mass producing items, but focus more on individual and unique items, interesting craftsmanship, special buttons and unique quirks, that you’d wouldn’t find at an ordinary conventional store. Thus creating an alternative to conventional stores and products,
and employing a healthy, conscience and ingenious approach to the everyday conventional, and traditional approach with shopping. Simply because now the rents affordable, more and more emerging South African stores, are now able to throw the proudly South African sign, to where’s, it was just the international retailing big guys, that where the only ones that were able to play. There’s an old saying, ‘local is lekker’, local brands and stores, are able to identify well with the people of South Africa. We ask the public, and do across examination of the traditional shopping mall, the problems that are at large, and the spaces themselves. We also take a look at the differences between recycling vs repurposing. Repurposing is an adaptation that is not really spoken of, or had a light shined on it, as the topic of recycling. Repurposing, means adapt for use in different purpose, whereas, Recycling means to convert waste into reusable material. Twenty seven boxes is a building made from repurposed material.
In the world that we live in, we now have to ask our self’s, how do we now minimize waste, and damage on our environment, and take care of it for our future kids.
The concept of Twenty seven boxes the shopping mall, is beautiful architecture, a place for students, young adults, adults, families, an attraction for international people, and will also intrigue a lot of people, especially those of contemporary and design, and lovers of the out of the ordinary.