When Starbucks was set to open a new store in Japan, the company knew the coffee shop had to be extra special. Located within walking distance from Dazaifu Tenmangu, a Shinto shrine in Fukuoka, the area receives millions of visitors every year. The coffee company hired esteemed architect Kengo Kuma to work his magic. The store has over 2,000 wooden sticks measuring from four to 13 feet in length, weaving and encapsulating the walls and ceiling. Kuma’s goal was to “create a feeling of fluidity, a thoughtful cave-like space.” The new store has managed to look both contemporary and traditional in this historic and ancient part of Japan.
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