Kengo Kuma Designs Starbucks Store in Japan

Posted on March 5, 2014

Starbucks Store in Dazaifu

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has designed a Starbucks store in Dazaifu, Japan. The store is located on the walk up to Dazaifu Tenmangu, a Shinto shrine in Fukuoka, Japan. The store design features a matrix of over 2,000 wooden sticks. Each stick ranges in length from four feet to 13 feet.

Kuma says in a release that his inspiration for the design came from the neighborhood. He says, "That's where it all started. Dazaifu Tenmangu is a very special location, a historic shrine, for locals and visitors. I wanted to show the essence of the place to honor its strong culture of craftsmanship. If we could combine Starbucks spirit with the spirit of the artisan, we knew we could achieve something special."

Interior of Starbucks Store in Dazaifu

Photos: Masao Nishikawa/Starbucks
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