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Taiwan 2018Starbucks Hualienbay Store


We designed a mobile café with recycled containers in Hualien, a spot popular for sightseeing in Taiwan.

We stack up the 40 foot containers to a height of four levels, by staggering in the angle of 90 degrees to create a transparent building like a tall tree. Since they are stacked in a rotating pattern, we were able to produce various types of terraces as well.

I believe that the porous ‘Urban Forest’ that makes good use of the containers can be a new prototype of sustainable architecture and lightweight mobility.

Team Tomoyuki Hasegawa, Bai Mo* Construction Taiwan Envirotech Development Corporation Cooperation Elements Structural Engineering Associates Facility 上築国際企画設計顧問股份有限公司