POPULAR TODAY ARCHITECTURE

starbucks drive thru and walk up store made from shipping containers
dec 04, 2012
starbucks drive thru and walk up store made from shipping containers



starbucks reclamation drive-thru and walk-up store in seattle made from shipping containers
photo by tom ackerman / starbucks

 

tukwila, a suburb of seattle, is home to the first starbucks drive thru and walk-up store, made from four refurbished shipping containers. the concept behind the design was influenced by the company imports of the coffee and tea goods from abroad, all transported from across the globe in such cargo containers. ‘reclamation drive-thru was inspired by a desire to help keep items used throughout our supply chain, like old shipping containers, out of the waste stream,’ states anthony p., global store design senior manager of starbucks. the volumes offer a total area of 450-square feet for all of the service and retail components, with an additional small 20-foot container used for garbage, recycling and storage. the shop speaks of starbucks’ commitment to reducing their overall environmental footprint, moving towards a greener more sustainable business. the project has now sparked discussion within starbucks on ways in which the brand can extend the application of shipping containers to prefabrication projects or for exterior furniture and accessories to be used at various locations in the future.

 

starbucks shipping container
four shipping containers offer 450-square feet of retail space
photo by tom ackerman / starbucks

 

 

 

starbucks shipping container
art decorates the containers
photo by tom ackerman / starbucks

 

 

 

starbucks shipping container
walk-up service area
photo by tom ackerman / starbucks

 

 

 

starbucks shipping container
initial concept rendering of the shop
render © starbucks

 

 

 

starbucks shipping container
render © starbucks

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library