A Closer Look at The Container Bar and Why it Works

Shipping containers continue to expand beyond their traditional uses of shipping and storage. From portable office spaces to affordable housing solutions, shipping containers are popping up everywhere. Recently, shipping containers are becoming a trendy and practical restaurant and bar space option.

In 2016, we took a look at some innovative bars that serve out of shipping containers. Since then, the Container Bar in Austin, TX has been claimed a must-see. Located in the center of Rainey Street, this local favorite is built completely from shipping containers.

Why it works?

Stackable Pieces

The seemingly unplanned organization of the containers creates private room and nooks. The rectangular shape of shipping containers allow them to act as building boxes. They can be arranged to create uniform arrangements or stacked to form out of the ordinary shapes.

Combining Open and Closed Spaces

The design seamlessly plays with the contrast of open and closed spaces. A combination of closed corridors and outdoor terraces connect the containers. Containers provide structure and give the bar an industrial feel, while the outdoor patio gives the bar a fun, playful vibe.

A Blank Canvas

The containers have been customized to give you a different experience at every corner. The outside of each is painted a bold solid color to give the building an overall vibrant feel. Inside each container, you will find a unique art direction varying from natural landscapes to abstract prints.

Colorfully Painted Containers used for Retail

Restaurant owners and developers love the look and practicality shipping containers provide their restaurants and bars. Containers allow for customizations that can give your restaurant character and a one-of-a-kind charm.

Opening up a new restaurant and looking to get creative? Call us today, and we’ll help you bring your idea to reality.

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