Katie Treggiden

Colorful Shipping Container Restaurants Pop Up in Southbank during the London Design Festival

by , 09/29/12

Yalla Yalla, London Design Festival, LDF12, Southbank Centre, Southbank Design District, eco design, green design, sustainable design,

Yalla Yalla is tucked away in a quiet corner of the Southbank Centre, where it serves Lebanese and other Middle Eastern street food to be eaten either on the move or in the outdoor seating area surrounding it. The first Yalla Yalla, in Soho, was opened in late 2008 by Beirut-born Jad Youssef and his partner Aga Ilska, who is Polish. They met while working in a Lebanese restaurant in London and always dreamed of opening their own business. They have a third restaurant just north of Oxford Street.

Wahaca, London Design Festival, LDF12, Southbank Centre, Southbank Design District, eco design, green design, sustainable design,

Wahaca is also getting in on the shipping container act, with a larger space made from eight shipping containers stacked on top of each other.

Wahaca, London Design Festival, LDF12, Southbank Centre, Southbank Design District, eco design, green design, sustainable design,

The Wahaca Southbank Experiment is a space for Wahaca to test out new recipes and ideas – the most successful of which will be rolled out to the main restaurants.

Staircase, shipping containers, London Design Festival, LDF12, Southbank Centre, Southbank Design District, eco design, green design, sustainable design,

But perhaps the most interesting use of shipping containers, designed by Lyn Atelier, is a staircase that opens up a whole new route through the Southbank Centre.

Staircase, shipping containers, London Design Festival, LDF12, Southbank Centre, Southbank Design District, eco design, green design, sustainable design,

Lyn Atelier‘s shipping container staircase uses pallets and plantings to create an effect reminiscent of a miniature version of New York’s High Line.

Staircase, shipping containers, London Design Festival, LDF12, Southbank Centre, Southbank Design District, eco design, green design, sustainable design,

It’s fantastic to see shipping container architecture take off, and we’re always excited to see different (re)uses for these ubiquitous items.

+ Yalla Yalla

+ Wahaca

+ Lyn Atelier

All photos by Katie Treggiden for Inhabitat

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