The 'Foghound Interactive Coffee Shop and Showroom' in Midrand, South Africa, is an innovative repurposed shipping container. Despite its industrial and rugged facade, its interior is a sleek and modern cafe and showroom.
Apart from being a relaxing destination for java lovers, visitors can also tour a showroom that displays the various coffee machines Foghound produces. The contemporary retail space combines a permanent glass-covered structure, with shipping containers acting as an ancillary element in the overall design. The cafe is quite large, offering guests a series of seating solutions. Small round tables are spread out across the cafe, as well as elevated bar seating. Larger, more private tables are also available.
The use of shipping containers speaks to a contemporary pattern of re-using and refurbishing, as a more eco-friendly and inexpensive alternative to building from scratch.