According to Stuff.co.nz, storage containers have been used in the “Restart the Heart” program to reopen retail shops destroyed in the city’s earthquake.  Containers were used for various retail shops, including clothing, a wine store, a café and bar.

Rather than plunking down containers, the group has used brought in Christchurch architects from the Australasian Buchan Group to create unique configurations to suit the needs of the shops.  In addition,

containers have been used to prop up buildings, including the cathedral and for various offices, homes, etc.

Also, a group is creating art on and over containers, seeing them at a large canvas new to the city.

CaffeineLaboratory - a container cafe
CaffeineLaboratory - a container cafe
CargoBar - A container bar
CargoBar - A container bar
Container artwork in Christchurch, New Zealand
Container artwork in Christchurch, New Zealand
TheVillageGrape - a cargo wine shop
TheVillageGrape - a cargo wine shop

For more information, check out the coverage from Stuff and 3 News.