Ja­panese ar­chi­tect Kengo Kuma has de­signed the first Star­bucks in the Asia Pa­cific re­gion to be built from re­cy­cled ship­ping con­tain­ers.

The drive-through in Hualien City, Tai­wan was in­spired by the fo­liage of cof­fee trees com­bined with the tra­di­tional Chi­nese bucket arch.

A to­tal of 29 used con­tain­ers have been stacked into a two­s­torey struc­ture that cov­ers 320 square me­tres, with sky­lights en­abling nat­u­ral sun­light to flood the in­te­ri­ors.

This is the first time that Kuma has used ship­ping con­tain­ers - but 45 of these pre­fab­ri­cated mod­u­lar stores, which are built off-site prior to de­liv­ery and in­stal­la­tion, have al­ready opened in the United States, min­imis­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print gen­er­ally as­so­ci­ated with new build­ings.

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