Our innovative response to needing a place to call home.
June 2012 - October 2014
The Free Store has never had a lot of money. Certainly not enough to pay inner-city commercial rent! We figured that we didn't need a large space to operate from since we don't ever store food - each day it comes in and each day it goes out. What we really needed was a simple, beautiful, pragmatic solution. One day we saw thousands of shipping containers on Wellington's waterfront and thought "surely there must be one lying around that isn't being used?" We met with Rebecca McKinnon, a local architect, and sold her the vision. Her firm agreed to design a functional purpose-built space for us and to also to deal with local Council requirements such as building and resource consents pro bono. After sourcing a 20-ft shipping container we secured the support of 20+ local businesses who jumped on board to donate all the materials and labour required. With the dedicated support of a local builder, his team and a plethora of volunteers we spent the next few years chipping away at this project every Friday.
Plasterboard: Elephant Plasterboard
Plaster Supplies: GIB
Recycled Rubber Flooring: Jacobsen
Flooring Installer: Tinakori Flooring
Flooring Underlay: Look Floors
Insulation: Forman Building Systems
Flashings: General Sheetmetal Ltd.
Fasteners: Fortress Fasteners
Stainless Steel Powdercoated Sign: Metco Engineering
Interior Painting: Remnant Painters & Decorators
Lockbox Solution: Beveridge Locksmiths
Container Supplier: SpaceWise
Plywood Shelving & Benchtops: Mitre 10 MEGA Petone
Engineer: Kevin O'Connor & Associates
Container Transport: Croft Combined Carriers
Lighting Solutions: Moth Light
uPVC Joinery: Advanced uPVC Windows NZ
Joinery Installation: Aluminium Joinery Wellington
Rust Inhibition: TRITOflex Distributors Ltd.
Metalwork: Twin Lakes Industries
Welding Supplies: BOC Gasses, Seaview
Paint Supplies: Resene
FSC NZ Timber Cladding: Abodo Wood