©Masao Nishikawa

Japan 2011Starbucks Coffee at Dazaifutenmangu Omotesando


This Starbucks Coffee shop is situated on the main approach for the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Omotesando. As a consideration for the long thin site with a width of 7.5m and depth of about 40m, small pieces of wood were woven together in order to create organic space that flows like light and wind.

The X-shaped wood framework which covers the interior space was made using approximately 2,000 pieces of cedar ranging in length between 1.3 and 4 meters with a 6cm cross section, and has a total length 4 km. The members were assembled diagonally to support the structure. Dowels were inserted at the joints after the overall structure was assembled in order to provide stiffness. The meeting of contemporary wooden construction technology on a historic site called Dazaifu created a unique space differing from other Starbucks.

Team Teppei Fujiwara*, Nahoko Terakawa, Hiroaki Saito*, Kimio Suzuki Construction MATUMOTOGUMI Cooperation Jun Sato Structural Engineers Facility Kyudenko, Tousai Illumination Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design Others Time & Style Award Good Design Award 2012 (Starbucks Coffee at Dazaifutenmangu Omotesando) Publication GA JAPAN 147 , Nikkei Architecture 2015/04/25 , JA : The Japan Architect 2013/Spring Vol.89 , JA : The Japan Architect 2013/Spring Vol.89 , Shoten Kenchiku 増刊 FACADE Vol.1 , GA JAPAN 115 , Nikkei Architecture 2012/02/25 No.970 , GA JAPAN 111 Photography ©︎ Masao Nishikawa