By Tyler Falk
Posting in Cities
Recycled shipping containers are being used for everything from pop-up grocery stores in Seattle to a mall in London. Now Starbucks is jumping on the bandwagon. Will it be the new icon of fast food?
Starbucks opened its first coffee shop made out of recycled shipping containers in Tukwila, Washington, south of Seattle. Built from just four shipping containers, the shop will be a drive-up and walk-up only, so leave your laptop at home.
The store was built to LEED standards, using green energy, water efficiency, and, of course, construction material from recycled content. It's part of a global initiative by the company to green their buildings. With more than 17,000 stores around the world, that's a lot of greener buildings. Inhabitat spoke with Alan Hilowitz, of Starbucks, about the design.
Our store designs reflect Starbucks’ core mission as a gathering place for the communities we serve, as well as a commitment to reduce our environmental footprint and use our scale for good. Our designers were inspired to create this store both as a result of the shipyard that can be seen out the back windows of our headquarters in South Seattle, as well as a desire to recycle the same kind of shipping containers that transport our coffees and teas around the world.”
What's with the uptick in the use of shipping containers for green building? The New York Times explains:
Containers have become a hot commodity in the green building movement because so many of them are piling up at American ports and are in need of recycling, says Peter DeMaria, the principal in a design firm that does a lot of work with them. “Due to the trade imbalance with China, millions of containers are left in our ports every year,” he said.
Starbucks are all over our global cities, and they're not afraid to do things like put a bunch of stores really close to one another. So it will be interesting to see if Starbucks takes off with this concept and spreads it throughout the world.
Will this store lead other major companies to open up shipping container stores? Forget arches, will containers be the new icon of fast food?
Photo: Starbucks via Inhabitat
Jan 17, 2012
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Lerdsin Hospital in Bangkok closed the carpark and installed containers to cater for their patients. Link: johns-jokes.com/afiles/images/Bkk-Lerdsin-Hospital-110831_1519.jpg
The next step should be to airlift prefab container-based stores (Starboxes) to seasonal locations that can't support full-year stores because of weather. Starbox in Maine for the summer; in Florida for the winter.
They needed 4 containers and you can't even go inside? Looks like they stuffed the Starbucks into a 1/2 container and the others are empty. That doesn't seem like an efficient use of space or material. Thumbs up on the idea, thumbs down on the implementation.
...It's just too bad it's a Starbuck's and they won't ever get a dime from me. I'm still glad to see any business trying to become sustainable, though. Maybe, if they convert all 17,000 stores, I'll consider letting go of my boycott of them.