Temporary pop-up shops are all the rage these days and the Mexican food chain Wahaca isn't about to be left behind. Their latest experimental restaurant designed by Softroom was constructed using eight stacked recycled shipping containers at the Southbank Center in London. Painted in a variety of bright colors that reflect the spirit of Mexico, the double-story restaurant is organized around a central glass atrium that lets in loads of natural light.
The recycled shipping containers make reference to the long working history of this area of London, plus they are an excellent choice for temporary projects. Painted in a lively set of colors and decorated with both up-cycled and new furniture pieces, the restaurant also features an awesome set of distinctive lighting fixtures.
The cantilevering top story, where the tequila is served, creates a terrace that overlooks the Thames River and a series of murals painted by renowned Mexican street artists. Overall the restaurant can accommodate 150 diners. Opened on the 4th of July, just a day before The Shard’s controversial inauguration, Wahaca’s Southbank Center branch will be open for roughly 18 months before it moves. So get your tapas in living color while you can.