By Beth Carter
Posting in Architecture
A Japanese firm reconsidered the classic Starbucks design to respect the history of a neighborhood.
Starbucks is a global brand, whose products and appearance maintain at least relative consistency all over the world. However, sometimes world domination means respecting the culture that you enter.
For a Starbucks going up on the street that leads up to the Dazaifu Tenmagu shine. Tokyo-based architecture firm Kengo Kuma and Associates decided to do something different with the store design to pay homage to the surroundings, and to respect the sanctity of the grounds.
The design, in effect, alters the facade of the shop, while still holding up the brand identity of the company. The idea of the design comes from traditional carpentry-- small square wooden blocks were connected together to create a 3D pattern that reaches up the walls and to the ceiling.
The wood starts at the back of the store and moves throughout the space until it juts out the front glass windows, which is set back from the street to allow for outdoor seating.
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Photos: Kengo Kuma
Feb 21, 2012
According to the article, shop is located in Dazaifu. Dazaifu (http://www.dazaifutenmangu.or.jp/en ) is located in Kyushu island and is famous for Tenmangu shrine where many people come to pray for the success of entrance exam.
Architects never seem to consider the maintenance issues arising from their trendy designs. In other words: "How do you keep those dust catchers clean?"