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Brief: to create an izakaya style garden bar.

“An izakaya (居酒屋) (Japanese: [izakaja]) is a type of informal Japanese bar that serves alcoholic drinks and snacks. Izakaya are casual places for after-work drinking, similar to a British or Irish pub, Spanish tapas bar, and American saloon and tavern.”

Izakaya’s that you may find in the busy street of Tokyo, are typically very small and only seat  6-8 people plus the bar tender. They are intimate space, where you feel like you are sat at a table with the person serving you the food and drink.

We worked with Budget Containers to source the 10ft shipping container. They were so impressed with the 3D renders, that they created a blog post about this project. If you would like to read this please click here.


A shutter window was cut into the side and a lift hatch was fabricated and installed to the rear of the container. The entire container was resprayed from grey to Gentian blue - RAL 5010.


We framed out the interior of the container with a wooden frame and installed 50mm insulation boards. This frame work was then damp lined and clad in 18mm OSB timber sheets.

We have installed an enamel utility sink and chrome mixer tap for rinsing glasses. There are power points for an ice machine, an under counter glass fronted drinks fridge, a 90’s CD juke box and a TV screen for playing retro computer games.

The back bar is made up of a drop of draws to contain cocktail making equipment, shelving for glasses, a counter space for a freestanding beer pump and an ice machine.


The "customer" bar also has shelves for bottles and glasses and is topper with yellow tiles and three Scandinavian/Japanese styled green pendants.

There are 4 adjustable stools inside the container plus a stool behind the bar for the tender. A further 3 stools are located outside to the rear of the container underneath the lift hatch. The lift hatch creates shelter from rain and shade from the sunshine.

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