Smack in the middle of the Opportunity Green 2010 conference this year was a nice little coffeeshop complete with couches, an area with barstools, and a full music and video system – open to the Southern California air and sunshine. A closer look revealed the whole thing to be a flayed out shipping container, handily plopped on the spot. As a big fan of shipping container architecture and innovative reuse in general, I admit to going out of my way to grab coffee at the “Box” rather than at other locations.
The company that produces the cafe – actually a concept called a “mobile hospitality unit” is Boxman Studios of North Carolina. The idea is simple – turn used shipping containers into all sorts of useful small buildings that serve a temporary purpose.
I had a chance to sit down with David Campbell, the founder of the company, who told me more. (Apologies for the atrocious sound problems in a few places!)