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Kengo Kuma designs building for Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Tokyo

Posted on 05 June, 2018 by Kennedy
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Kengo Kuma designs building for Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Tokyo

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has teamed up with Starbucks on a coffee house featuring origami-like ceilings and trails of cherry blossoms, designed to offer customers a more theatrical experience.

The Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Tokyo is one of only five in the world, along with branches in Seattle, Shanghai, Milan and New York.

Unlike the brand's typical coffee shops, these large-scale roasteries offer a premium experience, with opportunities to sample rare caffeinated beverages.

The fourth floor contains a sizeable lounge named Amu – the Japanese term for "knit together" – which can be used for community events and talks. Eventually this level will be used as a training space for those looking to enter coffee-related professions.

Interiors of Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo
Photo by Matthew Glac

The first Starbucks Reserve Roastery opened in Seattle in 2014, just a few blocks away from the first ever Starbucks coffee shop. The last to open was the New York outpost, located in the Meatpacking District, which boasts a network of copper pipes that transport coffee beans between rooms.

Kuma was an obvious choice for the first branch in Japan, as the architect has previously worked with the brand on other Starbucks branches.

Last year the architect stacked up 29 recycled shipping containers to form a drive-through Starbucks in Taiwan and also created a branch beside a Shinto shrine in Dazaifu.

Photography is by Kentaro Matsumoto unless stated otherwise.

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