Kengo Kuma for Starbucks

posted on: Wednesday, 29 February 2012

In an attempt to reflect the character of the country and of the surrounding neighborhood, Starbucks has abandoned its signature interior style for its new store in Fukuoka, the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan. The new Starbucks cafe is located close to the Dazaifu Tenmangu, one of the major shrines in Japan which receives about 2 million visitors a year and the designers of the cafe, the Japanese architectural studio Kengo Kuma & Associates, aimed to make a structure that harmonizes with such townscape. The architects have used a unique system of weaving about 2000 thin woods diagonally in order to create a fusion of the traditional and the contemporary with natural materials. 


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