Wednesday, February 29, 2012

You Have Never Seen a Starbucks Like This

If you've been to one Starbucks, you've been to them all, right? No! You have not been to this Starbucks in Fukuoka, Japan.

Designed by Kengo Kuma, this Starbucks is near Dazaifu Tenmangu, one of the country's most important shrines. Explained Kengo Kuma and Associates:
Established in 919 A.D., the shrine has been worshiped as 'the God for Examination,' and receives about 2 million visitors a year who wish their success. 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.

The Starbucks is made from two thousand "stick-like" planks, and the design gives the Starbucks a "fluid, cave-like" motif. Unforgettable.


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