Kengo Kuma designs Starbucks store

Japanese modern architect, Kengo Kuma, has designed a Starbucks Coffee store for Dazaifu City, Fukuoka Prefecture. The new store is located along the road that leads to the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine and is scheduled to open on December 16, 2011.

Kengo Kuma’s works make use of natural and local materials. The store’s design will be a fusion of traditional and modern features. It will have two small gardens planted with plum trees – the symbol of Dazaifu City. His other well-known works include LVMH Group’s “ONE Omotesando”, the Nezu Museum and the renewal of the Tiffany store in Ginza.

ONE Omotesando (left) and the Tiffany flagship store in Ginza (right)

This is not Starbucks Japan’s first foray into custom designed stores. Earlier this year, Starbucks opened a concept store called “Omotesando B-Side” which was designed in collaboration with Hiroshi Fujiwara, a music producer and designer who is also known as the godfather of Harajuku culture.


Starbucks Coffee Dazaifu Tenmangu Omotesando Store
3-2-43 Saifu, Dazaifu City, Fukuoka Prefecture
3 min walk from Dazaifu Station
Open: 8AM – 8PM daily

Source:, December 8, 2011.

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