Craft and carpentry get their dues in this Starbucks in Fukuoka

Craft and carpentry get their dues in this Starbucks in Fukuoka

Craft and carpentry get their dues in this Starbucks in Fukuoka

Craft and carpentry get their dues in this Starbucks in Fukuoka

It always a happy surprise when a large mega-brand gets it right, so I have to give props to Starbucks for this one. The cafe is located in Fukuoka, on the grounds of the Dazaifu Tenmagu, a Shinto shrine complex. Designed by Kengo Kuma, the space is filled with long, square blocks which criss-cross around the space, creating what looks like a mathematically constructed nest. It’s interesting to me, that even though the walls and ceilings are mostly covered in wooden beams, the space still seems to be rather open feeling. It would be really wonderful if Starbucks decided to take more chances like this in their other stores around the world.

Found through Architizer

3 Comments Craft and carpentry get their dues in this Starbucks in Fukuoka

  1. anders February 28, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Beautiful. I lived in Fukuoka for a year during my undergraduate education. It’s really a great city that I recommend people visit. It’s smaller and friendlier than Ozaka or Tokyo.

  2. Neil Hopkins February 29, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    Beautiful – certainly.
    But I think that I’d feel really constricted in that space. It’s interesting how perceptions differ between people!

  3. Janet Ma'ly March 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    To me the pieces of wood resemble stirring sticks used for coffee, so that’s cool. I agree with Neil, though. I think I’d get a feeling of being closed in sitting in this cafe. And the sticks seem like they could fall which is a bit scary.

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