A barber and T-Shirt printing shop in one, a shipping container maybe the best option for many start up business units especially if leasing land as it can be dropped and then moved when you move. At the same time securely locking away your store front every night. This same location has another two shipping containers being used for other things, a bed spacer (room rental) which sees a 20ft container split into two bunk rooms and a battery and car/motorbike oil sales office. I have to admit they haven’t gone overboard on concealing the fact they are containers but then again do they have to? Here in the Philippines people generally aren’t bothered by the looks of things on the exterior and often the best seafood restaurants for example are just a BBQ and a few tables and chairs at the side of the road.
I nearly missed this coffee shop as we drove past it today on the way to the Department of Science and Technology. Its a perfect example of a budget shipping container cafe but done in a very quaint way that is fully functional and the container actually gives it a bit of charm. The other important note here is the location as it slips quietly in between a condominium development and a petrol station which also shows how functional the building can be in a small space. The added canopy gives it a lit sitting area for evenings as well as canopies over the windows and outside area for shade against the Philippines sun.
Another great example of cargotecture in action.