Retired transatlantic shipping containers are being put to recycled-good-use as everything from hotels, retail shops--even mobile pizzerias and bridges. Yep, recycled shipping containers are a thing. Here are five applications that caught our eye:
1). A Three-high Stacked Retail Shop
Aether Apparel is an outdoor-clothing company, and a three-high stack of shipping containers is the brand's first-ever stand-alone retail space, located in the Hayes Valley district of San Francisco. It's constructed from three 8-foot by 9.6 foot by 40 foot x 9.6' x 40' shipping containers and features a custom glass-encased cantilevered lounge, reclaimed oak floors, and a third floor conveyor system and opened this month.
2). The ECOntainer Bridge
The ECOntainer Bridge is scheduled to be constructed in the Ariel Sharon Park—a nature reserve and was designed by an Israeli architecture studio.
3). The Shipping Container Hotel
Constructed of 35 shipping containers, the 'Xiang Xiang Pray House' luxury hotel consists of 21 individual rooms each housed in 20-foot and 40-foot long containers. It’s a Five Star Hotel that saved 60% of the water and concrete used during the construction of a typical building process, and produces 30% less waste than a similarly-sized regular hotel.
4). The World’s only Pre-Fab, Portable Drive-Thru, Walk-up Starbucks Made out of Shipping Containers.
Of the 17,000 Starbucks worldwide, this is perhaps the only pre-fab, portable, drive-thru, walk-up coffeehouse located inside a shipping container—actually four shipping containers including one 20-foot container and three 40-foot containers. This recycled store is located in Tukwila, Washington.
5). A Mobile Pizzeria Made from a Shipping Container.
Del Popolo is housed in a twenty-foot transatlantic shipping container that's been re-purposed and modified into a kitchen. A wall of glass doors exposes the interior, including the 5,000-pound Stefano Ferrara wood-fired oven imported from Naples. It gives a whole new meaning to "Monster Truck."