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Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates

  • 01:00 - 27 February, 2012
Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates
Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates, © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dazaifu, Prefectura de Fukuoka, Japón
  • Architects

    Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Facility Design

    Tosai Corporation, Kyu-den Ko Corporation
  • Structure

    Jun Sato Structural Engineering
  • Client

    Manten Corporation
  • Construction

    Matsumoto-gumi Corporation
  • Area

    212.98 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

From the architect. 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,” 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.

© Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

The building is made of 2,000 stick-like parts in the sizes of 1.3m – 4m length and 6cm section. Total length of the sticks reached as far as 4.4km. We had experimented the weaving of sticks for the project of Chidori and GC Prostho Museum Research Center, and this time we tried the diagonal weaving in order to bring in a sense of direction and fluidity. Three sticks are joined at one point in Chidori and GC, while in Starbucks four steps come to one point because of the diagonal – a more complicated joint.

© Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

We solved the problem by slightly changing positions of the fulcrums, dividing the four sticks into two groups to avoid concentration on a single point. Piling up of small parts from the ground was highly developed in the traditional architecture of Japan and China. This time the method was greatly improved in combination with state-of-the art technology so that people are brought further into the architecture. It is a fluid, cave-like space.

© Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates" 27 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/211943/starbucks-coffee-kengo-kuma-associates/>
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Boguslaw Witkowski · January 01, 2015

Zhuangzi mengjianli de hudie haishi hudie mengjianli de Zhuangzi:
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casey · July 25, 2012

Here&#39s the world&#39s best looking Starbucks. In Japan. http://t.co/JjtuMpTX

Toscanini's · July 25, 2012

Here&#39s the world&#39s best looking Starbucks. In Japan. http://t.co/JjtuMpTX

Makiko · June 30, 2012

@rickmurnane Have you seen this Starbucks? It&#39s also designed by Kengo Kuma. http://t.co/8xwZtK7z

?? · June 04, 2012

Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates http://t.co/gyH9WYpt @archdaily

Kim Gonzales · May 18, 2012

Japan Starbucks: weaving thin woods diagonally. #Interior_Design #ID #InteriorDesign
http://t.co/WwomVv5K

SnT'sPainting · May 15, 2012

Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates http://t.co/BkFrM1cP

Katie Devitt · May 15, 2012

I think it would even make the coffee taste good - Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates http://t.co/QMzEtIT0 #architecture

Boom Sason · May 15, 2012

Wow! This Starbucks shop is amazing... Great design! Can we get one of this in the US? http://t.co/l7zA5Sd2

Iamsaint · May 14, 2012

Wow! This Starbucks shop is amazing... Great design! Can we get one of this in the Kenya? http://t.co/FQgeH5OK

Lights.Camera.Action · May 14, 2012

Wow! This Starbucks shop is amazing... Great design! Can we get one of this in the Kenya? http://t.co/FQgeH5OK

La víbora · May 14, 2012

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osman ghaffar · May 14, 2012

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Alka · May 13, 2012

Wow! This Starbucks shop is amazing... Great design! Can we get one of this in the UK? http://t.co/ah8h1dSG

Dai Sa · May 12, 2012

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AspireT · May 12, 2012

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Kyoko T · May 12, 2012

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Chill · May 12, 2012

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Melanie Tam · May 12, 2012

Wow! This Starbucks shop is amazing... Great design! Can we get one of this in the US? http://t.co/l7zA5Sd2

Tiffany · May 12, 2012

Wow! This Starbucks shop is amazing... Great design! Can we get one of this in the US? http://t.co/l7zA5Sd2

Martina Ann · May 12, 2012

Wow! This Starbucks shop is amazing... Great design! Can we get one of this in the US? http://t.co/l7zA5Sd2

Giutzy · May 12, 2012

Would love to get a starbucks like this in the US http://t.co/bj2Q0n1R

Sonja · May 12, 2012

Wow! This Starbucks shop is amazing... Great design! Can we get one of this in the US? http://t.co/l7zA5Sd2

Hannah · May 12, 2012

@dcuthbert just for you..http://www.archdaily.com/211943/starb...

LaurelElle · May 12, 2012

Wow! This Starbucks shop is amazing... Great design! Can we get one of this in the US? http://t.co/l7zA5Sd2

petra huls · May 12, 2012

Wow! This Starbucks shop is amazing... Great design! Can we get one of this in the US? http://t.co/l7zA5Sd2

Lauren Michelle · May 12, 2012

Pretty sweet design @ninagarcia: Wow! This Starbucks shop is amazing... Great design! Can we get one of this in the US? http://t.co/8LbBzLZM

Napaporn · May 05, 2012

That is superb!!!

Peter Klick · April 25, 2012

Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates | ArchDaily http://t.co/r1gXxElA via @archdaily

Aditya Yuwana · April 17, 2012

Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates | ArchDaily http://t.co/yQF9mXUK via @archdaily

Alma Graduate School · April 03, 2012

Tall, Grande and Venti compliments for this Coffeehouse design in Japan http://t.co/kma5FMVy

Ferenz Jacobs · March 30, 2012

Het gerucht gaat dat de Starbucks in #Barcelona de tent zelf in de fik heeft gestoken om hippe shit als AMS te krijgen http://t.co/BIF3gYRM

delta perdana · March 29, 2012

is it using glue?

Jasem Nadoum · March 28, 2012

Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates http://t.co/ruxNnjWk via @archdaily

Darran Oxley · March 25, 2012

@kudujust That&#39s not a Starbucks, this is a Starbucks! http://t.co/4ij3cZse #architecture

Jeffrey McGuane · March 12, 2012

Cool Store Concept http://t.co/KE4jeHtI

A · March 09, 2012

japanese temple structure, deconstructed

Flo · March 08, 2012

@fubiz Starbucks Dazaifu (JP) http://t.co/CseyoQMM

Irene T. · March 08, 2012

Brilliant design! Starbucks Coffee @ Dazaifu, Fukuoka, Japan by Kengo Kuma & Associates http://t.co/lJrUtFgy via @archdaily @Rakkhuntaofah

Manuel Bernal H. · March 08, 2012

http://t.co/5ISSSegO @plethoraapp

R · March 06, 2012

Those spikes doesnt match with the way you wanna feel inside a starbucks, i mean, they are so agresive.

A · March 09, 2012 08:16 AM

I think that is the point. For people who wish to get great mark in examination, they need to be in such environment

bilal · March 06, 2012

Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates | ArchDaily http://t.co/366kWQdI via @archdaily

ona · March 05, 2012

You may think that all Starbucks are the same, but this is totally not the case, take a look at the Fukuoka, Japan http://t.co/wlik41nd

Sugata Research · March 05, 2012

If you think Starbucks is making everywhere look the same, take a look at this stunning building in a Fukuoka temple http://t.co/Cd9LlEuL

Richard Deane · March 05, 2012

Coolest coffee shop architecture ever? Definitely. Too bad this Starbucks is in Japan: http://t.co/aVhs51ke

Robert* · March 04, 2012

Say what you want about Starbucks, but you can&#39t say this isn&#39t stunning... Kengo Kuma & Associates | http://t.co/A7IdpBg1 via @archdaily

architect · March 04, 2012

Lovely little example of the use of timber strips to create texture / define space Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma http://t.co/hDI3IoGC #like

Joel Garman · March 04, 2012

One of the coolest coffee shops ever! #architecture #coffecave #iwanttogotothere http://t.co/AjeqwARs

Jan Erik Remberg · March 04, 2012

Cool Starbucks Architecture Design in Japan. Mikado as an inspiration? ;) http://t.co/MNuGVAVy

WIRED Insider · March 03, 2012

Coolest coffee shop architecture ever? Definitely. Too bad this Starbucks is in Japan: http://t.co/aVhs51ke

Arch aroundtheworld · March 03, 2012

Starbucks Coffee by Kengo Kuma & Associates http://t.co/aznLwWmc #architecture

Bobby · March 02, 2012

@anders1156 Amazing use of the timber strip! I was expecting the architect&#39s obsession with timber slats. Re Kengo Kuma http://t.co/9NIkWk4D

ArchiTutorials · March 02, 2012

Lovely little example of the use of timber strips to create texture / define space Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma http://t.co/S8NnGZQn #like

Rob Scott · March 02, 2012

Lovely little example of the use of timber strips to create texture / define space Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma http://t.co/hDI3IoGC #like

Alumasc Rainwater · March 02, 2012

Gorgeous timber structure - Starbucks Coffee by Kengo Kuma #architecture #japan http://t.co/cqWZeRih

Boughton Butler · March 02, 2012

Gorgeous timber structure - Starbucks Coffee by Kengo Kuma #architecture #japan http://t.co/cqWZeRih

PARASTOO KARAMI · March 02, 2012

Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates http://t.co/AeTQ5tUH

Chi Kojiman · March 01, 2012

The Most Amazing Starbucks Ever...Located near Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine (Photos) http://t.co/gVeomdQ8 #Japan

????? · March 01, 2012

The Most Amazing Starbucks Ever...Located near Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine (Photos) http://t.co/gVeomdQ8 #Japan

Timothy Connor · March 01, 2012

The Most Amazing Starbucks Ever...Located near Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine (Photos) http://t.co/gVeomdQ8 #Japan

? · March 01, 2012

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Linda Watanabe · March 01, 2012

The Most Amazing Starbucks Ever...Located near Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine (Photos) http://t.co/gVeomdQ8 #Japan

Tadao Higaki · March 01, 2012

“Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates | ArchDaily” http://t.co/RmdJcpo5

Kazearashi · March 01, 2012

@archloverz interesting nih kak http://t.co/8x0oVs1G ;))

Brittany Tracy · March 01, 2012

Best @starbucks ever - in Japan, of course. Impressive work. http://t.co/FnkPECGH via @archdaily

Ken · March 01, 2012

Images of the Fukuoka Starbucks (Japan) http://t.co/FgPtSkoA

Maddie · March 01, 2012

love the design: http://t.co/pXOAGGxg

prpr world peace? · March 01, 2012

Some shots of the rather stunning Starbucks that lies on the path to the Dazaifu Tenmangu Temple in Fukuoka, Japan. http://t.co/lbCYmODc

Lauren Klitz · March 01, 2012

love the design: http://t.co/pXOAGGxg

Harry Flager · March 01, 2012

love the design: http://t.co/pXOAGGxg

Katherine Dimengo · March 01, 2012

Must go here! Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates http://t.co/pAIuUOdn

Julie · March 01, 2012

A Starbucks outlet that harmonizes with its traditional Japanese surroundings - http://t.co/WnVQYFXQ via @archdaily

Rachel Eisenberg · February 29, 2012

Spied on the interwebs: Kengo Kuma&#39s intricate, elegant Starbucks in Fukuoka, Japan #LincolnLogs http://t.co/wXpB9OXl

Happy · February 29, 2012

Beautiful!

Michael Hoffman · February 29, 2012

A beautiful Starbucks. (Of course it&#39s in Japan.) http://t.co/mGb0ewpJ (via @OliverStrand)

Oliver Strand · February 29, 2012

Spied on the interwebs: Kengo Kuma&#39s intricate, elegant Starbucks in Fukuoka, Japan #LincolnLogs http://t.co/wXpB9OXl

Steve Haslip · February 29, 2012

Awesome Starbucks concept store in Japan by #KengoKuma&Associates http://t.co/nhezQQ4a

Juan Camilo · February 29, 2012

¿Cómo te parece el diseño único de tejido de maderas finas en diagonal de esta tienda de Starbucks Café de Japón? http://t.co/xvxLEjM8

ARGOS · February 29, 2012

¿Cómo te parece el diseño único de tejido de maderas finas en diagonal de esta tienda de Starbucks Café de Japón? http://t.co/xvxLEjM8

Arquitectura · February 29, 2012

RT @grupocapuy Una reconocida tienda de café en Dazaifu, Japón http://t.co/QWz5eJP4 #Diseño #Arquitectura: Una r... http://t.co/d4RKOfpY

CAPUY · February 29, 2012

Una reconocida tienda de café en Dazaifu, Japón http://t.co/cKJFxTKG #Diseño #Arquitectura

Santi Maggio Savasta · February 29, 2012

Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates http://t.co/jISbsvkq #Architecture #Architettura

IntelligentInteriors · February 29, 2012

Start the morning off drinking coffee with design. Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates http://t.co/FevWjjjU via @archdaily

Nithinan Woranitikul · February 28, 2012

http://t.co/Q3Kjd7lU ???? starbuck ???????????

ai · February 28, 2012

???????????????in???????????Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates | ArchDaily http://t.co/hALHT4Jy

Javier Palacios · February 28, 2012

wow! http://t.co/FWqIcnZi vía @archdaily

finbarr odriscoll · February 28, 2012

Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates | ArchDaily http://t.co/xqMPnef9 via @archdaily

Way316 · February 28, 2012

Awesome #Starbucks in #Fukuoka #Japan http://t.co/m6LRIVso via @archdaily

??? ?? · February 28, 2012

??? ??? ??? ?? ???? ???? ??. ?? ???? ??? ?? ??? ??. Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates http://t.co/xfHBmllK

????? · February 28, 2012

Nice SBUX design in Japan (why do they always get the good stuff?) http://t.co/yR4dHhnj

Barbarian Capital · February 28, 2012

Nice SBUX design in Japan (why do they always get the good stuff?) http://t.co/yR4dHhnj

Gintas Reisgys · February 28, 2012

this would be an amazing space 2 enjoy a coffee ]Starbucks Coffee - Kengo Kuma & Associates[ http://t.co/DkVqMm26 #Architecture

aloha4550 · February 28, 2012

??????????????? Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates | ArchDaily http://t.co/DWDcN9mh via @archdaily

Royce Maynard · February 28, 2012

Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates http://t.co/PexJNObd #architecture

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