Container Mall

October 24, 2015  •  28 Comments

There's a small, awkward piece of land on the NE corner of I-40 and Carlisle in Albuquerque, NM that seemed of little use. Although it's conveniently located, with easy, but limited access, a Hampton Inn across the street, and an Econo Lodge and the Hotel Cascada on the other side of the arroyo, the parcel is not well suited for a traditional shopping center or office complex.  But not all is lost, because someone got the brilliant idea to build a mall out of shipping containers on the orphan parcel. So far there is a coffee shop and a tap room in Albuquerque's first container mall. Not only does it look really cool, but it offers several shop spaces and has a small enough footprint that there are 80 parking places on the site. It's nice when people start thinking inside the box, literally, and make workable containerized spaces.


T & L Photos
Hi Susan! I intend to go back in get more photos. There was still a lot of work going on when I drove by.
Susan Brandt Graham Photography
I am going to have to go try out the coffee shop and have a look around. Thanks for the heads up!
T & L Photos
Thanks, Janna! I think containerized construction is catching on.
T & L Photos
Thanks, Julie! It is smart!
That is a unique set up. I like that something existing was used (shipping containers) rather than new materials. Maybe it's a new trend?
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