Located in Tukwila, Washington, Starbucks just opened a new walk-up and drive-through only location (i.e. no indoor seating) made out of four shipping containers. Dubbed "The Reclamation Drive-Thru," we're wondering: is this a one-off design for Starbucks, or the first in a trend towards greener building?
The trendiness of shipping container buildings aside, Starbucks sees these as an opportunity to not only come full circle (since most of their products are shipped from their original locations in containers like these), but also as a great way to create pop-up shops or temporary shops while locations are under construction or renovation.
The shop pictured above has 448 square feet, which is the same amount of space that a brick and mortar Starbucks has behind their counter. It's enough room for three baristas to work, according to the Seattle Times, but requires that it's a grab and go location, rather than one where customers can sit inside and linger.