The Ultimate Starbucks sits at the approach of a Shinto shrine in Japan.

This is the Starbucks at Dazaifu Tenmangu Omotesando.

It is perhaps the most architectural striking Starbucks in the world, and sits on the approach to a Shinto shrine in Dazaifu, Japan. The shrine receives over 2 million visitors a year to honor “the God for Examination.”

The architectural firm Kengo Kuma and Associates designed the coffeehouse and “aimed to make a structure that harmonizes with such townscape, using a unique system of weaving thin woods diagonally.”

The building uses 2,000 stick-like parts  in a diagonal weaving pattern in order to bring in a sense of direction and fluidity, according to the firm.

It is a fluid, cave-like space, perfect for a Venti Iced White Mocha.

Source: Dezeen


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