A Starbucks With A Difference

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A Starbucks With A Difference

  Image: Masao Nishikawa

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A new Starbucks coffee house designed by Kengo Kuma Associates stands on the main approach to one of Japan’s major shrines, Dazaifu Tenmangu, built in 919 A.D. and worshipped as “the God for Examination.”

Evocative of Beijing’s ‘Bird’s Nest’, the wooden weave structure wraps from the exterior and creates a kind of protective tunnel within. Separation from the street solely by a glass panel, boundaries between interior and exterior are further blurred, drawing in passer-bys due to its intrigue. 


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