Shipping Container Retail Design

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By Jaime Gillin / Published by Dwell
I wish I could see this cool new pop-up shop in person, but alas, it's in Manhattan and only until October 31. It's the first (albeit temporary) retail store for fashion designer Richard Chai, set in a shipping container underneath the High Line park.
Shipping Container Retail Design - Photo 1 of 7 - Image courtesy of David Smith.

Image courtesy of David Smith.

Shipping Container Retail Design - Photo 2 of 7 - Image courtesy of Faris Al-Shathir.

Image courtesy of Faris Al-Shathir.

Shipping Container Retail Design - Photo 3 of 7 - Image courtesy of Faris Al-Shathir.

Image courtesy of Faris Al-Shathir.

Shipping Container Retail Design - Photo 4 of 7 - Image courtesy of David Smith.

Image courtesy of David Smith.

Shipping Container Retail Design - Photo 5 of 7 - Image courtesy of David Smith.

Image courtesy of David Smith.

Shipping Container Retail Design - Photo 6 of 7 - Image courtesy of David Smith.

Image courtesy of David Smith.


Part of the Building Fashion installation series—which pairs architects and fashion designers to create innovative retails spaces—this shop, designed by Brooklyn-based firm Snarkitecture, delivers a lot of visual bang for little buck: the whole project cost just $5,000. Architect/artists Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen spent three days carving miles of stacked-up architectural foam into a futuristic, glacier-like space. All the work was done by hand, using just a heated wire, as shown below.



Carved-out niches show off accessories, shoes, and piles of folded clothing; other pieces hang in rows on inset rods.



When the project ends next weekend, the foam will be recycled and used for its original intent: as building insulation.

Shipping Container Retail Design - Photo 7 of 7 - Image courtesy of David Smith.

Image courtesy of David Smith.