Melbourne Artisans Set Up Shop in Container Corridor

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For more than a century, the Queen Victoria Market has been Melbourne’s go-to trading hub for fresh food, produce, home wares and souvenirs.

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In 2012, the market’s southernmost aisle was given a makeover and renamed String Bean Alley, in honour of the farmers who once assembled there to sell string beans.

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The revamped shopping precinct is now distinguished by a row of 10 brightly painted recycled shipping containers, repurposed as vendor stalls and workshops.

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The makeshift container kiosks are leased to an eclectic mix of artisans, cafes and merchants.

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The latest cast of tenants at String Bean Alley includes Mexican folk art vendor Viva La Calavera, toy store Spotty Dot and ceramics purveyor Made in Japan.

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Due to its National Trust classification, Queen Vic Market is not allowed to build permanent structures on the site.

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So the mobile converted shipping containers proved to be an ingenious restoration solution for this otherwise overlooked Market corridor.

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An ATM is cleverly housed in a bright-blue reclaimed shipping container near the entrance to String Bean Alley.

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And you can’t miss the entry to this quirky Melbourne laneway – it’s marked with a colourful mural and a huge tree-like sculpture made from reclaimed shipping pallets.

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