Starbucks Coffee by Kengo Kuma, Japan
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. The project aimed to make a structure that harmonizes with such townscape, using a unique system of weaving more than 2,000 thin pieces of timber (a total length of 4.4km).
The architects solved the interlocking 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.
Architects Website: Kengo Kuma & Associates