DC Market space to use shipping containers as retail spaces.

With container retail units seemingly as popular as shipping container homes news that yet another is to appear shortly.  Over in DC – in an attempt to revitalise an existing space “Fairgrounds” a combination of retail and event space will be up and running during 2012 with part of the retail space fitted out using shipping containers.

From Jdland.com

Modeled on Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market and designed by Schlesinger Associate Architects, Fairgrounds will use salvaged shipping containers as retail spaces for vendors, in a program overseen by Diverse Markets Management, the people behind the flea market across from Eastern Market and the downtown holiday market. DMM touts a database of more than 2,000 vendors that it says it will tap into to “keep the market busy and diversified.”

Retail units built from shipping containers are nothing new – but they are quirky enough to attract attention (and low cost and relatively easy to deploy) so it will be an interesting project to keep an eye on.

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