Starbucks Opens New Reclamation Drive Thru Made From Recycled Shipping Containers | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

by Bridgette Meinhold

Photo: Inhabitat.com

Photo: Inhabitat.com

Inspiration for the shipping container drive thru came from the company’s use of the containers to ship their coffee and tea from sources around the world. Rather than let the containers wallow after moving their goods, the brilliant minds in Seattle thought to put them to good use and so the Reclamation Drive Thru was brewed up. So far, it’s just a one-off shop, but it could serve as the prototype for future retail locations.

Although it’s not certified yet, the company hopes to achieve LEED soon, which will make the shop the first LEED building in Tukwila. They’ve reduced signage by using the actual building as the sign and also integrated rainwater harvesting and xeriscaping to minimize water consumption. Frankly we’re happy that the coffee giant is jumping on the green bandwagon as their growing interest can help push sustainability and design further. We can’t particularly say we’re please that the latest shop is a drive-thru, but at least they included other strategies to reduce the impact.

If you happen to be passing through Tukwila, Washington, make a pit stop at Starbucks’ brand new reclaimed shipping container coffee shop. The first in what could possibly be a new branding strategy, the Reclamation Drive-Thru is built out of four shipping containers and has been designed to LEED green building standards. Designed in-house by resident Starbucks architects, the container coffee shop is part of a growing initiative at Starbucks to encourage green building to reduce energy use and operational costs as well as to push the envelope on environmental design in retail. As with all things from the global coffee dispensary, the container drive-thru is Starbucksified and emanates the same trendy design aesthetic you’d expect from their other coffee shops. We checked in with Starbucks and got them to spill the beans about their latest creation.

vía Starbucks Opens New Reclamation Drive Thru Made From Recycled Shipping Containers | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World.

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