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Container Coffee Shops Around the World

Container Coffee Shops Around the World
January 3, 2018 gnuworld

Shipping containers are the perfect building blocks for all sorts of structures: accommodation, mobile food stands, galleries, restaurants and even skyscrapers.

Around the world, a number of ingenious container coffee shop conversions that have caught our eye. These are our favourites.

Roast Republic, Johannesburg

roast republic container coffee shop

This shipping container was transformed into a chic coffee shop by a non-profit organisation. It was designed for easy installation and incorporates repurposed and recycled materials to make it as eco-conscious as possible.

roast republic container coffee shop

Roast Re:public, the roastery that operates the coffee shop, employs young, previously disadvantaged entrepreneurs to run the franchise.

roast republic container coffee shop

Images: Inhabitat

Illy Push Button House, New York

illy push button container coffee shop

Originally created as a tiny house, this shipping container was later converted into a coffee shop by the original designer, Adam Kalkin. He removed the furniture and fittings, replacing them with tables and a coffee bar.

illy push button container coffee shop

What hasn’t changed is how the unit folds back into the size of a single shipping container, with little to suggest that it holds anything like a fully-functioning coffee shop or, formerly, a house.

illy push button container coffee shop

Images: Shipped

Foghound Coffee Shop and Showroom, Midrand

foghound container coffee shop

This impressive structure is made with stacked and cantilevered shipping containers. It houses a coffee shop but also a showroom and the offices for Foghound Interactive Coffee Company, the company that built the two-storey building.

foghound container coffee shop

As Foghound’s flagship property, it was designed and constructed to be as eco-friendly as possible, fitting with the company’s sustainability policies.

foghound container coffee shop

Images: Inhabitat

Starbucks Reclamation Drive-thru, Washington

starbucks reclamation drive thru coffee shop container

Inspired by the shipping port that their headquarters overlook, Starbucks decided to undertake a project that would raise awareness about sustainable architecture. They used decommissioned shipping containers to build their first Reclamation Drive-thru in Tukwila, Washington.

starbucks reclamation drive thru coffee shop container

The building was created using four shipping containers and serves as both a drive-thru and walk up coffee shop. It was designed in such a way that is can be disassembled and relocated if needed.

starbucks reclamation drive thru coffee shop container

Images: Inhabitat

Freedom Café, Durban

freedom cafe container coffee shop

Neil Roake opened Freedom Café in 2010, creating an intimate dining experience using repurposed shipping containers in a garden setting. To incorporate as much natural light as possible, some of the container sides have been fully replaced with glass.

freedom cafe container coffee shop

The colourful café forms part of the Concierge Boutique Hotel in Durban North. The hotel was created by refurbishing a row of historical Victorian houses, which makes for a pleasant juxtaposition of old and new between the café and the hotel.

freedom cafe container coffee shop

Images: KZNIA

Müvbox, Montreal

muvbox container eatery coffee shop

The Müvbox is a self-contained and solar-powered mobile unit that first popped up in Montreal in 2009. Made from a repurposed shipping container, this portable pop-up restaurant can be set up in less than 90 seconds.

muvbox container eatery coffee shop

The mobile eatery is designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible by relying on solar power and using recycled materials wherever possible.

muvbox container eatery coffee shop

Images: Modulate Containers

Container Conversions with Big Box

At Big Box Containers, we rent and sell high-quality shipping containers. We’re also experienced in converting containers for a range of purposes, from housing to event spaces to computer centres.

We work with other experts, from architects to electricians, to ensure that each project meets stakeholders’ unique requirements. Contact us for more information or to discuss your needs.

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