If you happen to be passing through Tukwila, Washington, make a pit stop at Starbucks' brand new reclaimed shipping container coffee shop. The first in what could possibly be a new branding strategy, the Reclamation Drive-Thru is built out of four shipping containers and has been designed to LEED green building standards. Designed in-house by resident Starbucks architects, the container coffee shop is part of a growing initiative at Starbucks to encourage green building to reduce energy use and operational costs as well as to push the envelope on environmental design in retail. As with all things from the global coffee dispensary, the container drive-thru is Starbucksified and emanates the same trendy design aesthetic you'd expect from their other coffee shops. We checked in with Starbucks and got them to spill the beans about their latest creation.
Inspiration for the shipping container drive thru came from the company's use of the containers to ship their coffee and tea from sources around the world.
Rather than let the containers wallow after moving their goods, the brilliant minds in Seattle thought to put them to good use and so the Reclamation Drive Thru was brewed.
So far, it's just a one-off shop, but it could serve as the prototype for future shops.
Although it's not certified yet, the company hopes to achieve their LEED certificate soon, which will make the shop the first LEED building in Tukwila.
They've reduced signage by using the actually building as the sign and also integrated rainwater harvesting and xeriscaping to minimize water consumption.
We can't particularly say we're please that the latest shop is a drive-thru, but at least they included other strategies to reduce the impact.
Frankly we're happy that the coffee giant is jumping on the green bandwagon as their growing interest can help push sustainability and design further.
The new coffee shop opened on December 13th and is plying Washingtonians with their Christmas Blend as we speak.
We had a chance to check in with representatives from Starbucks to find out more about their newest store. Read on to get the skinny (as in latte) on what could soon be the standard Starbucks coffee shop.