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10 Industrial Chic Shipping Container Buildings

Industrial chic is turning up around every corner and repurposed shipping container buildings are very on-trend. This modern vibe can be found in food halls, beer gardens, art galleries, even coffee shops. Here are 10 stylish shipping container structures that are decidedly eco-friendly and so hip to be square.

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Photo: SteelCraft / Studio One Eleven


SteelCraft is a fun outdoor food hall made from stylishly repurposed shipping containers in Long Beach, California. You’ll find four local, window-style eateries, including Pig Pen Delicacy and Desano Pizza, as well as sleek stalls for artisan coffee, craft brews, shave ice and waffle treats. Two more urban-style SteelCraft shipping container eatery outposts are in the works for nearby Garden Grove and Bellflower.

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Photo: Crackheads


Crackheads, an all-day fast-casual breakfast concept, with a full bar of course, opened up over the summer inside a food hall in Carlsbad, California. The delightful eatery was built into a shipping container and sits next to a juice bar, Choice Juicery, which is also in an industrial, yet cheerful repurposed shipping container. Both are kid-friendly and dog-friendly thanks to cornhole, picnic tables and turf-style grass.

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Photo: Visit Indy

Tiny Urban Escapes

Indianapolis recently welcomed Tiny Urban Escapes, a new lodging concept made up of five semi-glass cabins made from recycled shipping containers. Minutes from downtown, the cabins are tucked away in a lush wooded area, offering peace and serenity, but also all the amenities of a boutique hotel, like high thread-count linens, luxury bath products and keyless room access. Two bicycles come with each cabin, just right for cycling along nearby biking trails.

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Photo: Red Fish Blue Fish

Red Fish Blue Fish

The colorful Red Fish Blue Fish in Pensacola, Florida manifests sustainability both inside and outside the restaurant. The eatery was built from shipping containers, which were thoughtfully painted in playful shades of red and blue. Solar panels and a walkway made from reclaimed wood further the owners’ passion for environmental stewardship. The seafood on the menu is sustainable too thanks to like-minded partners along the coast.

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