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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Starbucks Coffee at Dazaifu Tenmangu Omotesando in Fukuoka Prefecture by Kengo Kuma & Associates (designed with Rhino, Grasshopper, and 3dS Max)

 
March 22nd, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Kengo Kuma & Associates

Location of this Starbucks is somehow characteristic, as it stands on the main approach to the Dazaifu Tenmangu, one of the most major shrines in Japan. Established in 919 A.D., the shrine has been worshiped as “the God for Examination,” and receives about 2 million visitors a year who wish their success. Along the main path to the shrine, there are traditional Japanese buildings in one or two stories. The project aimed to make a structure that harmonizes with such townscape, using a unique system of weaving thin woods diagonally.

Image Courtesy Masao Nishikawa

  • Architects:KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES
  • Project: Starbucks Coffee at Dazaifu Tenmangu Omotesando
  • Location: 3-1196-11 Zaifu, Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture
  • Client : Manten Corporation
  • Photography : Masao Nishikawa
  • Type of Construction:new construction
  • Purpose:coffee shop
  • Structure:wood
  • Number of Stories: One story on the ground
  • Software used: Rhinoceros, Grasshopper,3D max

Image Courtesy Masao Nishikawa

  • Site Area:436.71㎡
  • Built Area:212.98㎡
  • Total Floor Area:210.03㎡
  • Height of Ceiling: 1F: 4m
  • Maximum Height: 5.06m
  • Structure:Jun Sato Structural Engineering
  • Facility Design:Tosai Corporation, Kyu-den Ko Corporation
  • Construction:Matsumoto-gumi Corporation
  • Lighting:Isumi Okayasu Lighting Design
  • Design Period:2011.1 ~2011.8

Image Courtesy Masao Nishikawa

The building is made of 2,000 stick-like parts in the sizes of 1.3m – 4m length and 6cm section. Total length of the sticks reached as far as 4.4km. We had experimented the weaving of sticks for the project of Chidori and GC Prostho Museum Research Center, and this time we tried the diagonal weaving in order to bring in a sense of direction and fluidity. Three sticks are joined at one point in Chidori and GC, while in Starbucks four steps come to one point because of the diagonal – a more complicated joint. We solved the problem by slightly changing positions of the fulcrums, dividing the four sticks into two groups to avoid concentration on a single point. Piling up of small parts from the ground was highly developed in the traditional architecture of Japan and China. This time the method was greatly improved in combination with state-of-the art technology so that people are brought further into the architecture. It is a fluid, cave-like space.

Image Courtesy Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy Masao Nishikawa

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