Kengo Kuma and Associates have given a Starbucks coffee shop in Fukuoka, Japan an imaginative re-design using 2,000 wooden sticks. Each stick varies in length from between 1.3 - 4 meters, but if laid out in a straight line they would stretch 4.4 kilometers! The designers have laced the sticks together in a diagonal formations to create a dynamic, nest-like interior.
Kengo Kuma and Associates‘s interior celebrates the warm grain of natural unfinished wood. Through careful positioning they constructed a woven mass of wooden segments that form a cave-like space. The team built the web-like cafe interior near Dazaifu Tenmangu, one of the country’s principle shrines. The sacred spot dates all the way back to 919 A.D., and it receives about 2 million visitors a year.