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The new Starbucks bet is sustainable architecture with intermodal containers


For ports around the world containers accrue to intermodal transport large who have exhausted their useful life. To avoid a collapse of port areas and exacerbate the crisis of waste generation which we passed, They have sought ways to take advantage of those bulky metal boxes that have been forgotten.

How they could give them a second life to these elements? The second hand market among companies involved in intermodal transport is booming, But there is a tendency to repurpose containers. A) Yes, We have seen how they have been used to erect the stage Voodoo Music + New Orleans Arts Experience (Louisiana, OF. UU.), to improvise workspaces, Hospital emergency, as a portable toilets for works ...

A transition that leaves behind goods once ported to shelter people who see in these spaces create a place where experiences and live.

Predominate among the different applications the architectural nature, well. And it is that resistant intermodal containers offer a good range of advantageous properties for building:

  • Easy to mold consumer tastes.
  • Corrosion resistant, designed to withstand heavy loads and equipped with high durability.
  • They are simple to integrate into larger buildings, reducing the labor required to adapt.
  • easily transportable, given its original purpose.
  • high availability, low and environmentally friendly.

For all this, there has been a movement that has been coined as cargotectura and that is nothing but design and construction with intermodal containers. And around him, a whole based on the reuse of drawers and development projects that are usable economy. It is the case Qubix Cargotecture Design Studio, Cargotecture, Tempohousing and many other studies that offer these services.

It was only a matter of time that the corporate style tornase. Away from small-scale projects that have dotted the world, restaurants and takeaways Singapore Takeout, the restaurant Muvbox Montreal (Canada) or the Illy coffee Venice Biennale (Italy), you start seeing much higher caliber projects: malls, office buildings, etc.

The latest example can be found in the new Starbucks built in Taipei.

The famous franchise coffee shop is enhancing its presence in the East as part of its strategy to maintain the growth rate of previous years, a pace that had suffered a sharp slowdown to reach maturity as a company in the western market.

Taiwanese city happens to have 166 establishments with the creation of this new local, located in the mall The Hualien Bay Mall.

This building by the Japanese architect famed Kengo Kuma, specializes in reinterpreting traditional. It is not the first time Starbucks put your trust in the Japanese professional; the intricate lattice design with disjointed Dafaizu Starbucks is your thing, and so is the Starbucks Reserve Roastery that opened this year in Tokyo.

This time the design Kengo corresponds to a decker surface comprising 29 intermodal containers intertwined. The restaurant has a total of 320 square meter, to which must be added the corresponding surface of the rail drive-thru aimed at orders placed from the car and parking. Drive-thru that deserves special attention because it is the first county of Hualien.

according to Kengo, construction intended to be reminiscent of the leafy branches of the coffee tree chaotic. In addition, illustrates two design decisions that pay homage to the people of Taiwan. On the one hand the tremendous colorful background is used as a recognition and show respect for ethnic group Amis, native of the island. On the other hand Chinese philosophies used design; It is the case of the principle Dougong, It is consisting of cross stacking, as to favor the settlement of solid and robust structure, and that is clearly evident when checking out the architectural ensemble.

Para Starbucks, building this cafe has been a safe bet. Not only stems from its need for expansion in China and around, also aims attract a population increasingly committed to protecting the natural environment and that demands a tangible dose of social responsibility companies. In fact, the novelty is integrated into the Program Starbucks Greener Stores that seeks greater sustainability in restaurants through simple design decisions, building policies with recovered materials and ecological principles in the operation.

Far from being the first Starbucks created from intermodal containers, the new Taipei Starbucks becomes the fortieth establishment of such. So good, No one disputed the honor of being the first of its kind in Asia.

With well-learned lessons from previous iterations, this cafe has large windows and skylights that allow light the cockpits where diners seated at tables can enjoy a wonderful natural light.

Windows and skylights join the outer lead white paint to fight the biggest problem of containers: heat exchange with the outside, which it makes cold in winter and muggy during the summer. Thanks to intelligent measures taken completely alleviates this disadvantage.

The interior dazzles with warm designs: padded benches, banquettes and low tables wood. Some of the rooms also have cozy corners with soft lighting and leather sofas for those who need more privacy.

Starbucks collaboration and Kengo Kuma shows that You do not need to incur additional costs to achieve a compromise between feeling premium and sustainability in restaurants. It is expected to become increasingly organized catering franchises who dare to try in the future cargotectura.

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Article by the editorial team of DiegoCoquillat.com. It has professionals both in the field of hospitality, gastronomy and tourism, and new technologies and innovation.


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