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Starbucks China opens first flagship made of cargo containers

The Starbucks container store in Shanghai.
The Starbucks container store in Shanghai.

Starbucks has just unveiled a new concept store in China created inside six repurposed shipping containers.

An identical concept, created by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, first appeared in Taiwan. As the 800th store in Shanghai, the Starbucks container store helped set a new record for the city – it has more Starbucks stores than any other city in the world.

The courtyard of the new store, Shanghai’s 800the Starbucks.

The cafe is located at Shanghai’s Wisdom Bay Science Innovation Park, on space which was formerly home to warehouses and container storage yards.

Today, the area has been gentrified, converting abandoned cargo containers into office spaces as well has housing the nation’s first museum of 3D printing.

Elements of the Silicon Valley-esque structure have also been replicated inside the store to create ‘cultural coffee experiences’, an art gallery and a wall installation art piece created by a 3D printer.

The store features wall art created by 3D printing.

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