The Korean capital company completed Common Ground, the world’s largest shopping mall made out of shipping containers.Designed by a local firm Urbantainer, a pop-up shopping center 5,300 square meters was built from 200 large modular containers and can be easily changed, moved, or removed as needed.
Located in Seoul’s Gwangjin District, Common Ground was a pilot project that sought to revive an unused space in the middle of the capital. The use of prefabricated shipping containers reduced construction cost and reduce construction time to only five months. Each container is painted with eye-catching bright blue and stacked together in a three-story structures that share a lot into two main spaces: the Market Hall and Market Street. Stacked containers flank the central square, which is held on the weekend markets, exhibitions and performances.
In accordance with its unconventional form, Common Ground takes up-and-coming new designers, medium-sized shops, and editorial shops rather than large popular brands. 200 shipping containers house seventy shops and twenty restaurants, and a terrace on the roof of the third floor.