Earthworld Architects & Interiors, based in Pretoria, the South African capital, was hired to design a coffee shop for the Foghound Interactive Coffee Company outside Johannesburg with used shipping containers. The 3,165-square-foot shop, which includes a showroom for the company's coffee machines, was completed in July 2014.
The building was sited near the sidewalk to create a city-like sense of scale in a suburban setting.
The alignment of the shipping containers creates a courtyard for outdoor seating away from the street.
Reclaimed timber was used for the ceilings on the underside of the containers that form the second level.
The simple interior finishes include reclaimed timber and concrete floors.
The interior also features simple steel detailing, including this staircase.
The architects retained the original blue shade of the shipping containers.
The architects stenciled the Foghound logo on the exterior, which is illumiated at night.