Huddersfield University students get creative with storage containers

Street Bar

Last September Mobile Mini received a very exciting request from the 2nd year Interior Design BA(Hons) students of Huddersfield University, asking if we could partner up with them on a project focused on creative uses for shipping boxes and storage containers. We love to see how our customers utilise our containers, so we were fascinated by the thought of what a group of students could create, armed with nothing more than one of our blueprints. The results were simply fantastic – and we were lucky enough to meet the winners at Huddersfield Uni to award the prizes.

The brief was very simple: the students were asked to design a project within Temple Works in Leeds, a huge arts and design space which features massive installations from artists across the world. The project itself had to be a temporary unit – a feature which lends itself well to storage container design – and required that they utilise everything they’d learned over the past two years.

All of the students did a phenomenal job creating spaces, and choosing a winner was a very difficult task indeed – in the end, we came up with one winner and three runners up! The winning entry was a street food-focused restaurant and bar named Street Bar, conceived by Abigail Weegram, designed to bring together the diners and the chef in a casual restaurant experience. We were really impressed by Abigail’s attention to detain, particularly in the way food was presented to diners from a moving food cart and the storage container was split lengthways into dining and cooking areas, creating subtle integration of the restaurant’s two functions.

We went to meet the contestants earlier this month, and had the great honour of presenting Abigail with her prize of £100, as well as a £75 prize to each of the runners up. We’d like to take this opportunity to say a very well done to all involved with the project – we’re blown away by the imagination and talent of these young designers, and we think this is a very good sign of things to come for storage containers as recycled architecture.