Thursday, February 7, 2013

Rebuilding Lyttelton, NZ

A quick example of the direction many cafes/pubs are headed in the earthquake-ravaged Christchurch, NZ area.

Lyttelton was hit particularly hard by the quakes - it's a lovely little town situated in a bowl that slopes down to the sea.  The destabilization of these steep slopes resulted in much destruction, as well as many areas that are now simply too unstable to venture on to.

Enter The Porthole, a really well-designed shipping container cafe and pub.

Here is what used to sit on The Porthole's location, prior to the earthquakes - a couple of neighbourhood institutions.

But now there are three heavily-modified shipping containers plus a roof and a patio, together with a lot of light, air and coziness.

Cheers to Lyttelton and Christchurch, and best of luck with the reconstruction.  If The Porthole is any indication, the earthquake disaster has a huge silver lining.

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