STARBUCKS BY KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES

NOT YOUR AVERAGE STARBUCKS BY KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES

If you’ve been in one Starbucks, you’ve been in them all…. or so I used to think, before I saw this one designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates. Gone are the generic interiors that you find in most of the empire’s coffee shops and instead you’ll find a very cool, and peaceful aesthetic at this location that sits close to the Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine in the Fukuoka Prefecture of Japan.

20130104-080403.jpg

The shrine is one of the most visited in Japan with over 2 million visitors a year and since the Starbucks is on the path to the shrine, it was important to fit in with the other traditional buildings on the route.

Kengo-Kuma-Starbucks-2

There is a homey feel overall, and with the repetitive use of thin wood sticks, about 2,000 in all, it creates a cohesive, cave-like space that people are drawn to.

Kengo-Kuma-Starbucks-3

The natural wood is woven diagonally and starts on the walls and carries over onto the ceilings and it continues out the facade of the shop.

Kengo-Kuma-Starbucks-4

Words and Photos by

Caroline Williamson is Associate Editor of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and writes about her life, inspirations and creative pursuits on her element75 blog.

Read more at Design Milk: http://design-milk.com/not-your-average-starbucks-by-kengo-kuma-and-associates/#ixzz2HHxPwJAA

Advertisements

About Phill

Creative Director at International Visual

Posted on January 4, 2013, in Restaurants & Coffee Shops and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: