Traveling coffee bar, Freight was designed out of a recycled shipping container. Through a deconstruction of the containers’ form and materiality a streamline design was derived.
The space was opened up by removing the doors and hinging the front panel for consumer access. Windows and skylights were created by puncturing the containers shell along its inherent divisions. This removed material was recycled to fabricate interior elements; such as the bar and countertops. A green roof further enhances the sustainable design intent.
Outlining the interior shell allows the bar and countertops to become one with the exterior. A custom hinge and track system further allow the space to open and close with ease, providing seamless transportation.
Everything about The Coffee Foundry - from the small-batch backyard roasting to the methodical coffee preparation - probably seems inefficient to the average on-the-go city dweller. Yet these perceived limitations are exactly what allow co-founders Wilson Park and Norman Mui to hold total control over the experience they offer. Although they've been working to perfect their roast profiles over the past seven years, the high overhead costs associated with opening a storefront prevented them from making their product available to the general public. And that's where the story gets interesting: Wilson and Norm formed an unlikely partnership with a karaoke bar in NYC's West Village to start a daytime business and serve their coffee to an appreciative audience that grows daily. While the west coast boasts a veritable renaissance in artisanal coffee roasting and preparation, operations like the Foundry's are few and far between in NYC. We spent a day at their roast site and in their shop to learn more about how the Coffee Foundry is changing the landscape of the east coast coffee scene one cup at a time.