There is often a saying in the Philippines want to make a small fortune in the Philippines start with a big one. In reality a lot of is down to the way the country functions but also the fact the way people spend their money. Investing heavily in a restaurant for example may not pay off purely because even a McDonalds is too expensive for the majority of people especially on a regular basis. But this is where a lot of people go wrong because no point investing heavily in a building that you “lease the land on” or going over the top with decor for local people generally they aren’t bothered. I don’t here people whining about mosquito’s or the heat especially when it comes to price! E.g. air con restaurant and pay twice as much for a burger or sitting outside 9/10 saving money comes first. This is why this restaurant works and sits opposite one of the biggest shopping malls in Cebu,Philippines. Its within walking distance of the port so obvious where all the shipping container panels came from but as you can see serves its purpose even if its not pretty.
Although the shipping container gives a rustic industrial look which draws people to the restaurant. The horizontal shipping container makes a bold statement and a talking point as well as an interesting attraction as visitors can view the unit from inside. For more information on the restaurant please feel free to visit their site.
Looks like China is getting in on the Shipping Container buildings although not the first project I have come across, although most are modular buildings being sold for export prefabricated and fitted in China. The seafood restaurant in Tianjin, China is a different setup though as its using recycled containers and part of the Beitang Container Project. Not a lot of information on Beitang can be found online although does seem to be some major fish food production going on in the region. The smart thing with the container design though is the utilization of roof spaces for seating as it obviously makes a lot of sense to put the diners in the open air and create a secondary seating area.
Wish I could find more information on this project but there doesn’t seem to be much on the internet and I can see this is likely to be a fairly large scale project with more interesting photos from inside etc but can’t locate them. If your in the region or have photos please send them over as I would love to share them on this article with everyone. Also if you have more information on the Beitang Container Project and if its an ongoing project or if they have multiple sites etc would also be interested to know more.
When you look at the photo your probably thinking is this it? In reality though its a lot flasher and modern than it looks in a photograph and would advise watching the video to see why this is a perfect design for venue and entertainment buildings. The Montreal Muvbox Restaurant goes from shipping container to fully functional restaurant in around 90 seconds.
These interesting shipping container shops and restaurants are an ideal showpiece of how urban architecture using containers can fit into many locations well. On top of being a cheap construction method it also offers a secure building.Designed by Madison Marquette, they were brought in as recycled containers and then painted to blend in with the other buildings inside the boardwalk.
Not a lot of other information can be found about the units themselves as most of the stuff online seems to cover the retail side of the boardwalk but another fine example of shipping containers in daily use.