Since opening last May, a new container development called Pop Brixton has energised the gritty streets of inner-city Brixton with a vibrant burst of commerce and community.
Historically, this South London neighbourhood has faced a range of social and economic challenges, including high unemployment, poor quality housing, inadequate amenities and high crime rates.
The Pop Brixton initiative aims to combat some of those issues by supporting local jobs, training and enterprise.
Launched in 2015, Pop Brixton is a temporary urban rejuvenation project commissioned by Lambeth Council, which provided the land at no cost. Project architects Carl Turner Architects describe the development as a ‘mini city of culture, enterprise and community’.
Built on a former brownfield site, the initiative has transformed a once derelict space into a hive of activity, bringing much-needed leisure space and work opportunity to the neighbourhood.
Created with low-cost, low-energy, upcycled shipping containers, the sprawling container community covers an area of around 2,000 square metres.
The colourful shipping container complex was designed to showcase the area’s best independent start-ups and small businesses, giving them a platform for sharing skills, ideas and space.
Pop Brixton was conceived as a place where ‘things are possible’ – everything from performance to business incubation to community yoga classes – and so the design consists of a variety of raw, flexible spaces that can evolve as needed.
The modular approach to design has a deliberate focus on efficiency and sustainability.
Pop Brixton will occupy the site in Brixton until at least October 2017, at which point the Council plans to redevelop it.