Shipping Containers – The World’s Most Sustainable Restaurants

Shipping containers are a perfect solution for setting up a pop-up restaurant. As we already covered in our blog about container stores, container restaurants can be installed almost everywhere and they are very likely to gather a lot of crowd. Some very well know companies have already set up a mobile restaurant.

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In 2010, the sandwich company Subway had a shipping container restaurant on top of the five story Freedom Tower in New York. Subway established the restaurant for the construction workers who would otherwise have needed 45 minutes to get down from the construction. The containers had the Subway logo on a yellow background and the flag of the USA that represented the recovering from 9/11 and the resurrection of the American Dream. (source)

Shipping containers are also a form of sustainable building and offer an eco-friendly and a low-cost solution for starting restaurants.  One of the world’s best coffee shops, Starbucks, has also used shipping containers and build such an eco-friendly drive-thru cafe in Seattle. Alongside with shipping containers, the architecture also enables the collecting of rainwater and thereby lowering water consumption. (source)

In 2011, the people of London, Moscow, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Delhi, Dubai and Sydney had a chance to enjoy traditional Singaporean food that was offered form a shipping container restaurant. Thanks for shipping container’s mobility the Singapore Takeout was able to serve people in these cities within 12 months. (source)

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As a new business idea, shipping container restaurants are an ideal low-cost choice. During these hard times in the economy, people who have always wanted start an own restaurant, but feel the lack of enough capital seem to have found a solution.

Shanghai Metal Corporation has a wide variety of containers including 20 ft, 40 ft, reefer containers and open top containers to name but a few. For more details, please visit our website or send us an inquiry from here. Please also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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Tuomas P. // SMC Editor

Pictures and original articles: Inthrald, Weburbanist, Urban Times, Inhabitat, Inhabitat, Westphoria

Container Homes – Solution for Student Housing

In Finland there is a high demand for student homes as the number of available apartments in student villages is getting lower, and students are forced to pay a very high monthly rent. Some students have to pay over 800 euros rent every month. According to a survey conducted by the Finnish periodical Iltalehti, 40 percent of the thousand respondents said that their funds are really low due to expensive rents. They are now designing economical student homes, made of containers.

Harri Nordling, a Finnish container home designer, has designed beautiful container student homes. The container homes can be applied to build multi-storeyed blocks of flats using containers. This sort of solution has already been applied in Sweden. Container homes are easy to build. They are also low-cost and environmentally friendly.

 

The only obstacle for applying the solution seems to be on the legislative and ideological aspect. The local decision makers need to be convinced and societal acceptance needs to be acquired from a large audience. The container student homes have been presented in the city of Pori, where the solutions have gained positive feedback both from the city’s authorities as well as from the public.

The designed student homes are 14 square meters, including a bathroom, a living room and a kitchen. They also plan to design a garden and some room for recreation on their roofs. It is yet uncertain when the container homes can be mounted, but it only seems to be a matter of time.

In Shanghai Metal Corporation, we also offer high-quality container homes for convenient housing. To know more, please see our container house web site. Please also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Tuomas P. // SMC Editor

The original article in Finnish: Iltalehti.fi

Pictures from: Hansacontainers.com