In the wilderness, nobody wants to come face-to-face with a hungry bear. But on the streets of Lidcombe, people flock to The Hungry Bear every morning for their daily coffee fix.
In a short space of time, the hip new Lidcombe shipping container cafe has become a popular destination for caffeine fiends in Sydney’s west. Housed in a grey 20-foot converted shipping container, the coffee kiosk combines stark industrial minimalism with warm lighting and earthy wood panelling.
Sustainability is at the heart of the design. The outer shell is built from an upcycled shipping container and the front façade boasts an impressive feature wall made of recycled hardwood.
Inside, a stylish black and yellow colour theme is repeated with custom CR wall panelling and bench tops. The front and side walls of the cafe have been converted into easy-to-open awnings that give access to the service counter, let in natural light, and offer patrons shade and protection from the elements. At the end of a busy day, the awnings simply slide shut and the cafe is closed for business.
With the addition of a few outdoor dining tables, chairs and umbrellas for shade, the portable coffee shop turns an otherwise unused strip of concrete into a bustling eatery. As real estate prices continue their upwards spiral in Sydney, more business owners will no doubt gravitate towards flexible, space-saving, cost-effective solutions like this.