Starbucks Designed by Kengo Kuma
In a striking move away from traditional Starbucks design, architect Kengo Kuma has completed work on the Starbucks Coffee Shop in Fukuoka Prefacture, Southern Japan.
The Starbucks shares a locality with a holy shrine – the Dazaifu Tenmagu – and Kuma ensures the store design acknowledges this, with a nod towards traditional carpentry. A forest of intersecting wooden blocks branch inside and out, suggesting that the store is nestled in trees, and giving off an ambience which lends itself to its surroundings.
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