A small part of the Christchurch city centre was re-opened recently following the devastating earthquake that struck the Canterbury region in February this year.
The re-opened area includes 27 shops and cafes housed in specially converted shipping containers. The brightly painted containers include glass frontages and balconies and have been carefully arranged to create a vibrant and interesting new retail centre (albeit a temporary one while the rest of the city is being rebuilt).
New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key, officially opened the area and described it as “funky, modern and fresh”. We agree, and hope that it helps to lift the spirits of the people of Canterbury as they continue to recover and rebuild.