Many moons ago I worked on a project to create a senior living project out of a standard 8′ x 9′ x 40′ shipping container.  This type of modular design has fascinated ever since and while traveling in New Zealand last fall I stumbled upon Re:START in Christchurch, a quick solution to the devastation of the downtown shopping district.

Re:Start approached from the north.  I was curious and couldn't figure out how to get in initially.

Re:Start approached from the north. I was curious and couldn’t figure out how to get in initially.

Now, compare that to a new development in Denver right in my hood at 25th and Larimer!  Great job integrating the containers into the streetscape and the use of an interior courtyard (check out the pictures on the Gravitas website) which holds Wednesday morning yoga by Fold Yoga at 6:30 am followed by free coffee in Huckleberry.

Looking down Larimer at the entrance of Huckleberry Coffee and Topo Designs.

Looking down Larimer Street at the entrance of Huckleberry Roasters and Topo Designs.

Back to Christchurch, here’s what we discovered once we figured out how to get inside:

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