We’re loyal Starbucks fans here (yup, we make sure to stock our Keurig supply so we’re properly hydrated), so we were thoroughly impressed when we spotted this impressive Starbucks interior by Kengo Kuma, a studio from Japan.
Don’t expect typical ho-hum, generic interiors that characterize most coffee shops. Instead, at this Starbucks location in Dazaifu, Japan, you’ll find a slick, sophisticated, and peaceful aesthetic.
With over 2 million visitors a year, the shrine is one of the most visited in Japan. Since the Starbucks is on the path to the shrine, it was important to fit in with the other traditional buildings on the route.
According to the firm, “Location of this Starbucks is somehow characteristic, as it stands on the main approach to the Dazaifu Tenmangu, one of the most major shrines in Japan. Established in 919 A.D., the shrine has been worshiped as “the God for Examination.” Along the main path to the shrine, there are traditional Japanese buildings in one or two stories. The project aimed to make a structure that harmonizes with such townscape, using a unique system of weaving thin woods diagonally.”
We love the repetitive use of thin wood sticks, about 2,000 in all, to create a cohesive, cave-like space.
I think it warrants a trip to Japan for a coffee fix, right?
Photography is by Masao Nishikawa.