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Cargotecture: 5 shipping container hot spots

By: Jennifer Nelson on July 30, 2013, 9:59 a.m.
Les Grandes Tables

Photo: 1024 Architecture

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Les Grandes Tables, Paris

This Paris eatery designed by 1024 architecture is a temporary restaurant made of salvaged shipping containers. Les Grandes Tables is the first of a future entertainment location by Jean Nouvel, which will include hotels, theaters, art studios and museums located on Seguin Island in Western Paris.

The shipping container restaurant has been strategically designed to maximize light and air. Design elements include timber and glass with a first floor restaurant and ground level event room. The building encompasses a greenhouse and garden, which provides the chef fresh produce. With a focus on fish and meat from renewable sources, organic food and natural wines, the décor consists of fluorescent strip lighting, aluminum and bare wood with large communal tables in a relaxed ambience.