Feb 24, 2012

Neat: Starbucks Store Made of Used Shipping Containers

Out in Tukwila, Washington, Starbucks has one of their most interesting locations/experiments: a Starbucks store made completely out of four shipping containers (the huge ones you see on cargo boats at the docks or on TV in the crime dramas for weapons storage or human trafficking).

Calling it the Reclamation Drive-Thru, the store contains 450 feet of floor space for the making of lattes and Frappuccinos and the like and offers drive-thru and walk-up service. Seating is outdoor only.

The shipping containers would typically end up in the scrap yard after their average 20 year lifespan but here they get re-purposed to provide people with their caffeine fix. Pretty neat!

Oh and get this, rainwater collected from the roof is used to water the surrounding landscape and in case the location doesn't work out so well, the entire store and be dissembled and moved.

If you want to check out more pictures of the location, I found some on a Starbucks fansite, Starbucks Melody.