Kengo Kuma: Corporate cool.

Alright. I have a new goal for 2013: visit this Starbucks. Yeah, you heard me right. My #1 goal is to visit a Starbucks. What’s yours?

But it’s not just any Starbucks, as design milk notes. This one’s designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates, famous Japan architects who have used 2,000 (or so) wood sticks to give this coffee shop a very peaceful and unique atmosphere. Suited, as its actually right next to the Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine in the Fukuoka Prefecture. So I guess I could visit that place too. But that Starbucks? That’ll be the event. Just goes to show that even if you’re corporate doesn’t mean you can’t go for cool. Artistic creativity can, and should, express itself in many shapes and forms.