Steelcraft Garden Grove
Garden Grove, CA
A Shipping Container Food Halls For Independent Retailers that Encourages Social Cohesion and Boosts Local Economies.
Project Details


Garden Grove, CA

Practice Theme

Building Community + Place

What We Did

Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Modular


9,893 sq. ft.
A 20,000-square-foot, al-fresco, neighborhood dining experience located at 12900 Euclid Street, this is the first of its kind in Orange County

Twenty-four repurposed cargo containers are positioned around communal eating areas on a 1.8-acre lot along with a children’s play area, co-working space, upper-level patio, retro video-game arcade, pop-up retail and an organic garden.


The containers house eleven curated vendors: craft food, coffee and beer brewers, dessert, retail and a winery.  The upstairs creative office space is 320 square feet with an adjacent second-story dining patio that can be leased out for private events.

Every detail is beautifully executed, including multiple cantilevered containers and a second-story balcony, as well as a video arcade offering games from the golden era of gaming.

In the chef’s garden, passion fruit vines, citrus and herb ground cover are cultivated for restaurant use. The passion fruit is harvested by Honey & Butter restaurant as an ingredient for its macarons. Planned for the center of the garden is a raised area with a communal table set among herbs, spices, flowers and seasonal vegetables. The re-purposed containers are cost-effective; they can be assembled quickly; they are well-suited for local, independent vendors; and they efficiently transform underused parcels into thriving destinations.

Built in 2019, Steelcraft provided relief during the pandemic for people to go out to eat and stay social and local.  Over the past few years, it has become a space for all to gather, a meeting point centered around food and beverage bring to bring diverse communities together. Beer hall bench seating is intended to inspire social situations. The food choices are diverse at accessible price points. 


AIA OC Citation Award


ASLA Merit Award


APA California Planning Awards – Urban Design Merit Award

APA Orange County – Award of Excellence

Food Hall Frenzy

California Magazine

Shipping Container Food Hall Brings New Business To California Town

Shipping container food halls slated to revitalize Southern California neighborhoods

Shipping Supplies: Despite rocky pricing, cargo containers become building mainstay

LA Business Journal

Studio One Eleven Expands Shipping Container Food-Halls in Southern California

Your Next Project Could be Built with Shipping Containers

Studio One Eleven Expands Shipping-Container Design for Community-Based Retail

Placemaking With Cargo-Tecture

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