Recycled Shipping Container turned into Trendy Bar in Tokyo

This recycled shipping container once travelled the worlds oceans, today its the latest Schmatz beer stand

Situated close to Tokyo’s Dome baseball stadium it’s in a perfect location to serve beer and comfort food to fans. Much of the original shipping containers exterior remains so the designers (I IN Inc.) have retained its industrial appearance, painted and branding in Schwartz colours. However once you are inside it feels warm and inviting. This is because the walls and the floors are decorated with wooden oak panels and ties in with the wooden bar and its stools.

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Light Cube pendants illuminate the painted logo. Photograph by Tomooki Kengaku. The beer stand features an industrial exterior. The design team at I IN has repurposed a shipping container into a funky beer stand in Tokyo.

Schwartz opened their first bar in 2014. Schwartz was founded by three young German beer fans, with a view share their country’s beers and sausages with Tokyo, Japan and the rest of the world. So they brew their own German classic beers and serve with German and Japanese comfort food. The moment you go through the door of one of their bars they want you to feel comfortable and at ease.

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The beer stand features an industrial exterior, the compact form of the exterior.

The Iterior

With its cosy interior, the designers and builders have excelled. The design is en-vogue. Borrowed from traditional German beer stands we think its a fabulous example of what can be done. Copper, glass and timber combine to create a contemporary feel to the space.

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The small space opens up to the outdoors.

The bar has a sporty theme in keeping with the nearby sports stadium. A deliberate decision by the designers, executed well. Ultimately the beer is the star of the show. The recycled shipping container is the beers stage.

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The designers retained the corrugated metal exterior.

Large windows and gallery lights make the small interior feel deceptively bigger. As a result, customers are able to look in through the windows before they enter. So the can also be used for beer pick-ups when no seats are available on the inside.

recycled shipping container bar tokyo schmatz
Timber creates a warm atmosphere inside. Inside, industrial design continues throughout.

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The establishment draws inspiration from German beer stands.

Yohei Terui of I IN Inc says:

We used a mirror to make the inside space look as big as possible, I really like the complex shape with the very rough, wood background.

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the bar is envisioned to fit the sporty area.

Yohei Terui goes on to say:

We tried to make a strong advertisement for it from outside, with the luminous spherical beer servers…

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SCHMATZ also offers a pick up service.

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