Origin of Cool: Japan
You recognize a Starbucks coffee bar by its famous logo and its worldwide identical interior design. Of course that’s one of the reasons of its ongoing success but it’s far from overwhelming. Tokyo based Kengo Kuma Architects reinvented the design for a local Starbucks in Fukuoka. Why there? Because it fits in the cultural and local traditions. The architects used wooden blocks to suggest a natural feeling of sitting in a tree. The whole wooden construction is recyclable and can be reconstructed again elsewhere.
I’m already a big fan. It Should be great if Starbucks would give architects a free hand in designing Starbucks bars, based on local traditions and cultural elements.
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