Unit Cafe’s interiors are so cozy and modern it’s easy to forget that it’s built inside shipping containers. TSEH Arhitectural Group transformed 14 clunky shipping containers into Unit Cafe, a light-filled contemporary cafeteria and meeting space for the IT school ‘Unit Factory’ in Kiev, Ukraine.
The 275-square-meter Unit Cafe doesn’t disguise its industrial roots. The corrugated texture of the stacked shipping containers is left exposed with the lower containers and the vertically oriented unit painted black, while the upper level is painted a vibrant green. The bright green color is repeated on the interior as an accent color for select walls, stairs, and in the furniture.
Large window cutouts on both floors let in ample natural light and allow for views into the cafe. The ground floor features a pond feature with a bridge that connects to the entrance, cafe with seating decorated with greenery, a bar, kitchen, and bathrooms. The stairway housed inside the vertically oriented container leads up to more cafe seating, office space, and an outdoor patio. The clean, modern, and welcoming decor has established Unit Cafe as a campus hotspot for residents and students.
Images by Mihail Cherny, Evgen Zuzovsky