Starbucks designed by Kengo Kuma in Japan
The architecture studio of Kengo Kuma and associates has designed the Starbucks coffee shop in the city of Dazaifu of Fukuoka prefecture in Japan.
Following his way of understanding architecture, Kengo Kuma makes a resounding solution that combines light materials locked in such a way that the result is a mechanism that serves as interior skin of the whole place, unifying the operation from the outside to the inside.
"Transparency is a feature of Japanese architecture; I try to use light and natural materials to achieve a new kind of transparency "
The choice of materials is not guided by the search of a concrete form, but as a way to combine materials and technique to create a new space full of possibilities.
The wooden skin consists of 2,000 pieces of variable lengths, between 1.3 and 4.0 meters, and a section of 6 × 6 centimeters.
Draft: Starbucks Coffee Shop
Location: Dazaifu, Fukuoka prefecture (Japan) Year: 2008 Architect: Kengo Kuma Client: Manten Corporation Typology: Interior design Surface: 212 m2 Photography: © Masao Nishikawa