Along a busy highway, there is a mysterious orange container with an extra large roof, and possible second level, constructed on the shoulder of the road. If it was a shop, it would have been extremely dangerous to park there, since it's only several hundred feet from an exit ramp. That might have contributed to its eventual demise.
It appears to have been vacant for a while, since vegation has consumed the container's right side, however, it still seems in relatively good shape. Whoever constructed it really paid attention to certain aspects of the design, such as the iron supports, bathroom, and multiple steps.
Also, notice how they built it behind a guard rail? They couldn't build it on government land, so they put iron supports underneath and made it hover over a small hill. It's very interesting.
On a side note, it's funny how they embedded a portable toliet into the construction, which is something we haven't seen before. Clearly they didn't have running water, so the builders came up with the next best thing.
In Taichung, there is a container paradise of interlocking boxes and bridges spanning over half an acre, and it truly is an amazing architectural feat. The name of the restaurant is How Wow Cafe' (好喔), and they really pay attention to every detail in design. With picturesque windows surrounding every container, it's easy to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, watching the leaves change color during winter months, and the charming landscape below.
As for the inside, there is ample seating for a large number of guests, and it really has a basic, ageless feeling, which is perfect for this style of restaurant. It really gives off a young, modern vibe.
In addition, their menu has a wide assortment of foods, both American and Chinese, and at very reasonable prices. So, if you're looking to spend an afternoon in a cargo-like atmosphere, then come over and visit the How Wow Cafe' (好喔).
There is a fascinating Container Complex, less than a mile away from the ocean, that overhangs a river. The local zoning laws likely prohibit buildings from crossing onto the sidewalk, so they came up with a novel approach. Just build supports and have one-third of the container hang over the river.
Personally, I would be leery of going into one of those structures, especially in a country that has so many earthquakes. However, it appears that the owners have faith in the supports they built.
It proves once again that the human mind can find solutions to practically any problem.
Greenpeace (綠色和平) had a recycling container box on display for Christmas Week in Taipei, sharing a number of ways the world could reduce plastic waste. They demonstrated everything from reusable drinking cups to shared food dispensers, and stressed the importance of protecting the environment from harmful plastics.
The idea of recycling a container box into a display on plastic recycling was ingenious. We hope that people will take note and start making more of an effort to reduce hazardous plastic waste in our landfills, drinking water, and the ocean.
A popular feature of Taiwan Car Washes are container box water distribution systems, which connect to a network of hoses that supply water around the complex. It's another fascinating way that containers can be recycled for commercial use.
As you can see, there are two water tanks that can service any excess load throughout the day. Also, this owner chose cinder blocks to give it support, which probably means he wants the ability to move it in the future.
Garden Sheds are another popular way for containers to be recycled and used within the community. This beautiful blue container shed has its own water tank and automatic spiral door.
Adjacent to a tree field and a private garden, the owner has a secure location to keep all of his garden supplies and tools. The shed is in pristine shape, and is a reflection of how much love the owner places in gardening.
Everything about Owl Burger is just cool. Such as the Mad Max-type atmosphere, the outdoor seating and lighting, the awesome food, and most especially, the laid back attitude of the staff.
If you're looking for some place to hang out for a few hours and feast on delicious food, then head out to the Owl Burger. It's the coolest place in town.
Mellow Sushi (醇壽司 梧棲店) is a reasonably priced sushi shop in Taichung, only a five minute drive from Mitsui Outlet Park (台中港). It's so cat friendly that there's a built-in litter box cut out in the pavement.
The Container Box's orange color is the thing that immediately stood out, especially in the sparesly populated area around Taichung Port. Cat lovers would really enjoy eating sushi here.
Some areas next to the ocean in Hsinchu are desolate and barren, similar to the desert in Palm Springs. So, when we came upon a Container with an unfinished roof, adjacent to a large dry piece of land, it had an almost Albert Frey-like feel.
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Baimo Yakitori (白墨) is an Izakaya Container Box restaurant located in the Linkou District in Taipei City. Adjacent to a small container box food court, it's a great spot for the late-night crowd.
For those who are unfamiliar with this type of food, an Izakaya Restaurant is a type of Japanese bar in which a variety of small, typically inexpensive, dishes and snacks are served to accompany the alcoholic drinks. So, it's a great place to go with a large group of friends.
Located in Nanliaobeike Park (南寮貝殼公園), adjacent to Old Nanliao Fishing Harbor (新竹南寮舊漁港), Hooked On Fish And Chips is a great place for people who want that authentic British style flavor.
It's not uncommon for people to drive miles to get a taste of their food. Plus, it's in a scenic area, so it's wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
When Eslite Spectrum (誠品生活) opened a location at an outlet mall next to the Port of Taichung, they wanted to create an aura to match their surroundings. So naturally, they created a Container Box Bookstore!
Everything from the store's facade, the inner walls, and even the book shelves themselves all contain elements of shipping containers. And while you're browsing the books, take a look out the picture windows and you will see a dozen ships in the harbour filled to the brim with containers.
Eslite has always been a great bookstore, but they just took it to a whole new level. The Container Box Bookstore is our new favorite place to spend an afternoon.
Out in an open field, less than a mile away from the ocean, there is an abandoned, little red container box office, isolated from the outside world. We know it's not being used because the air conditioner socket is empty, and there are no power boxes in the field.
There are also dangling wires from long, plastic tubes, where the electric lines used to be connected. They were obviously cut in haste, which is a clear indicator of urgent removal. Possibly because of rent being overdue, or the owner's property being sold.
Having no other solution, the owner placed the box in an empty field. Maybe it was a temporary solution, and finally it was left alone and forgotten. We can't help but feel sorry for this little red container box, abandoned in lonely isolation forever.
If Hansel and Gretel were going to a Container House in Grimm's Fairy Tales, then we imagine it would look exactly like this, surrounded by beautiful garden in the middle of the woods.
Once again, we marvel at the Container Home's rare beauty, mirroring something out of a Thomas Cole oil painting. Sometimes the landscape is as much a part of structure as the home itself. The caretaker really did a wonderful job on tending the trees and garden.
Also, if you examine the structure closely, you can see how they built a wooden frame around the back of the container for extra support (and extra storage space). It really gives the home that storybook look.
There are no rules that state a Container Box can not be incorporated with other types of building materials, as well as with its surroundings. It really is fascinating.
Little Rice House (小飯之家) is wonderful place to try eat some delicious food and hang out with friends. They have friendly service and we highly recommend this shop.
We will be writing more about this shop and their Container Box within the next couple of days.
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Nestled away at the entrance of Wen Sun Farm (文山農場), there is a mult-colored, camouflaged container box, which easily blends into the trees during the winter season. In addition, there is another box situated further into the campground, which may either be an office or possible residence.
Wen Sun Farm (文山農場) is a popular campground destination, as well as a place to spend an afternoon under the pavilion barbecuing with family and friends. Deeper into the campground, there are a couple of shops next to the tea fields, so you can grab some hot tea and enjoy the scenic views.
The idea of camouflaging our Container Box is fascinating, and it's great to see the effort they made. It's really some good quality work.
Looking for a great take-out place? Just head over to the Hungry Fried Guy Chicken Shack (炸佬餓炸雞店) on Longhua road... it's in a big, yellow container box, and you can't miss it!!
Probably one of the best uses of a Container Box that we've seen, the Yellow Chicken Shack has only one sole purpose, to make delicious, crispy fried chicken. Some people have remarked that the Shop's Chinese name might be a little inappropriate (sometimes the Chinese to English translation doesn't convey its full meaning).
However, the thing we loved most was the simplicity in their use of a container box. The shop sits on a vacant lot and there's no seating area, which is why we classify it as a shop and not a restaurant. Also, they spent considerable money on their roof, since they need to keep the temperature down, especially in the summer months. It is basically a Container Box Kitchen.
The more we explored Taoyuan, the more we saw businesses like this popping up. It seems to be a hot bed for Container Shops these days, and it's definitely a trend.
Wandering aimlessly through Taoyuan one rainy afternoon, we discovered an authentic American Style Container Box Bar and Grill. Roadies (路帝斯美式餐廳) has traditional American staples such as tacos, quesadillas, and pizza, as well as burgers and sandwiches.
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The other day, we visited one of the best container barbecue restaurants in Taichung. Built in a container box motif, Longmen Yakiniku (龍門燒肉) has a very clean, sleek design that draws in a night-time crowd, even during the daytime hours.
We liked how they used the containers both in the advertising and the actual restaurant, utilizing the boxes in almost every area. The staff is very friendly and really bend over backwards to satisfy the customers.
Next to an outdoor greenhouse and garden in Taichung is a Container Box Sign that directly faces a large Hospital Parking lot. It appears the owner was looking to capitalize on the container's unique location by selling advertising above his Container Garden Shed. The sign is also visible to an adjacent high-speed expressway.
It's a very creative idea, however, seeing how the sign is vacant and the container is rusting away, the venture obviously failed. However, it only goes to show... if you're ambitious enough, you can capitalize on anything.
Whether it's considered a rest area, a meeting point, or even an art installation, it's agreed that the Container Box Benches in Mitsui Outlet Park at Taichung Port (台中港) are one of a kind. Everyday there will be people of all ages sitting there waiting for their families or friends to finish shopping.
In addition to serving as a bench, they also serve as a tree nursery and garden, which is as noble a life that a recycled container box could have.
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