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.