Exterior view:  Bars & clubs by A4AC Architects

​The R200,000 Johannesburg container creation

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Most of us are familiar with the concept of taking old shipping containers and turning them into stylish homes (after some creative renovating and touch-ups, obviously), but what about turning them into something other than a house – like, say, a coffee shop?

Johannesburg-based firm A4AC Architects brings us our latest homify 360° discovery: a container coffee shop that’s situated on Empire Road, Jozi!

A glowing vision

Night view:  Bars & clubs by A4AC Architects

Okay, so the interior lighting fixtures might not be the main point of this discovery, but you can’t deny how they enhance this little structure’s look and style, especially at night, when the entire container comes to dazzling life.

A striking little structure

Exterior view:  Bars & clubs by A4AC Architects
A4AC Architects

Exterior view

A4AC Architects

Viewing the structure from a distance, it doesn’t become apparent immediately that it’s an old shipping container – it could be anything from a caravan to a regular shop built the traditional way (i.e. cement and bricks with some metal cladding).

That’s the wonder of these shipping-container designs – they can blend in with the rest of the world and architectural creations as beautifully as you desire!

A stylish size

Exterior view:  Bars & clubs by A4AC Architects
A4AC Architects

Exterior view

A4AC Architects

It doesn’t take a genius to realise that you are going to need adequate legroom if you’re going to be selling things like coffees and snacks. Fortunately, this container has no qualms about feeling (or looking) cramped; for its dimensions are as follows: 6 × 2.6 × 2.4 m / 14 m² (Length, Height, Width / Area).

Like it belongs

External cladding:  Bars & clubs by A4AC Architects
A4AC Architects

External cladding

A4AC Architects

One last look at this eye-catching structure that also blends in quite beautifully with its cityscape surroundings, as if it’s been there right from the very start!

From coffee shop to… something else, let’s See what R72k can do to an old shipping container!

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