Boxpark Shoreditch

We've been keeping a beady eye on what's happening at Shoreditch Station, which has been built as a box, in anticipation of a huge new office development at Bishopsgate Goodsyard enveloping it in the next decade. Once it's built, Brockley will be directly connected to another of London's biggest employment hubs.

However, until construction begins, developers Hammerson are giving over some of the land to Boxpark, the world's first pop-up mall, made entirely from sea containers. It's a fantastically simple, but original idea: fashion, art and lifestyle brands are invited to apply for a box, 60 will be allocated a box to fit-out and they will be brought together at Boxpark to create a unique destination in the heart of Shoreditch, giving them low-cost, low-risk access to hundreds of thousands of shoppers.

The brainchild of Boxfresh founder Roger Wade, it's not known whether he drew his inspiration from trailblazers, Meze Mangal.

This is the kind of thing we love most of all; creative use of brownfield sites to produce extraordinary things. Assuming they get sign-off from Hackney Council in the spring, the whole thing will be open by the summer, since the design is basically just boxes lashed together.

To apply, visit the site.