Christchurch, New Zealand


Container Mall (originally called Re:START) was a temporary mall built from shipping containers in Christchurch Central City, New Zealand. It had been a response to the 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, which destroyed most buildings in City Mall (Cashel and High Streets), and resulted in the central city being cordoned off from public access while buildings were being demolished. Initially considered a short-term response to the lack of permanent buildings, Re:START was popular with locals and tourists alike and remained open for business until January 2018.

City Mall was the main shopping area in central Christchurch. The pedestrian mall was made up of two blocks of Cashel Street (from Oxford Terrace to High Street), and one block of High Street (from Cashel Street to Hereford Street). The central city including buildings in City Mall suffered some damage in the 4 September 2010 Canterbury earthquake. Although lower in magnitude, the 2010 Boxing Day earthquake was more damaging as the epicentre was directly located under the central city. It was the 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake that all but devastated the city centre, when many of the building façades of the historic buildings in the mall collapsed.

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