How A Japanese Architect Interprets Starbucks
A new location in Tokyo tests whether a localized interior design better represents the brand.
A newly opened Starbucks location in Fukuoka challenges the brands’ ubiquitous coffee shop interior decor. Frame Magazine reports that the design is the work of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma who wanted to represent localized characteristics in the project. The dominating the interior are interlaced wooden beams which both reflect traditional Japanese woodworking and play a functional role in adding structural support to the ceiling. The use of wood also aims to compliment a nearby shrine.