STARBUCKS RESERVE® ROASTERY TOKYO

Opened

2019

Location

Tokyo

Client

Starbucks

Description of work

Support for the design/schematic design, working drawings, manufacturing/interior construction, artwork (cask, merch wall)

Project overview

The STARBUCKS RESERVE® ROASTERY TOKYO opened along the Meguro River in Nakameguro, Tokyo, and operates coffee bean roasting facilities on site inside its coffee shop. This is the first Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Japan and the fifth worldwide. It consists of four stories above ground and offers different experiences on each floor. Located in an area brimming with energy and creativity, the attractive design was inspired by the Meguro River’s famous row of cherry trees in full bloom. The spatial design aims to bring together the natural beauty of various regions of Japan, with distinctive characteristics including glass walls from floor to ceiling and terrace seats providing the warm embrace of wood. The atrium in the center of the building reaches all the way to the fourth floor. A cask 17 meters tall that stores coffee beans is installed there, its surface covered with 121 copper sheets hammered by hand. Pipes carrying coffee beans emanate from the cask and travel throughout the building. The main bar on the first floor serves coffee crafted using various brewing methods, while another attraction is the authentic artisanal breads served at the bakery Princi®, the first outpost of this Italian bakery in Japan. The area housing the larger roaster features a long counter, allowing guests to interact with the baristas and roasters on the other side. At the Teavana Bar on the second floor, guests can discover the traditions of Japanese tea and have uncommon tea experiences, and at the Arriviamo Bar on the third floor, the first of its kind in Japan, guests can immerse themselves in the world of mixology and craft cocktails. In addition, the Amu Inspiration Lounge on the top fourth floor is used to hold informal discussions on social topics, as a meeting place for community members, and as a seminar space for coffee workshops.
The Tokyo Roastery is the first Starbucks Roastery to work together with local architects to design and build a new building. The exterior was created in a collaboration with leading Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

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