Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo by Kengo Kuma and Associates

A modern version of Japan’s traditional pagoda

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星巴克作为行业的催化剂,为城市社区引入了全新形式的咖啡文化。位于东京中目黑的星巴克臻选烘焙工坊(Starbucks Reserve® Roastery)便是其全球业务的一个新范例——这也是继西雅图、上海、米兰和纽约之后的第五家臻选烘焙工坊店。

As the catalyst of the industry, Starbucks has introduced a new style of café culture to urban communities. The Starbucks Reserve® Roastery in Nakameguro is their new model of business, which follows the stores in Seattle, Shanghai, Milan and New York.

▼建筑外观,exterior view

▼临街入口视角,view to the entrance from the street


The Roastery Tokyo is structured as a spiral centering around the “cask,” the giant silo for coffee beans stretching as high as 17m from the bottom. With this new building, we aimed to enliven the whole activity in its neighborhood.

▼建筑的核心是一个高达17米的巨型“木桶”,the Roastery Tokyo is structured as a spiral centering around the “cask”

▼街道立面整体视角,the street facade by night


In line with the streets forming a triangle, a couple of new functions, such as a bakery, bar, tea corner in addition to the café area were brought in to diversify the activities on the streets.

▼室内概览,interior view

▼内部的功能空间使街道上的活动变得多样化, a couple of new functions were brought in to diversify the activities on the streets


We also designed an engawa-typed terrace on the upper floor to secure continuity from the town. Customers at the Roastery can enjoy the view of the Meguro River and the cherry trees here as well as their coffees.

▼屋顶露台,the engawa-typed terrace


The eaves for the terrace are layered and finished as Yamato-bari clad with cedar wood (staggered arrangement of the panels), to remind us of Japan’s traditional five-story pagoda and propose a modern version of greenery, or bonsai, instead of following a typical urban building with vertical walls.

▼融入了绿植的露台屋檐,the eaves for the terrace propose a modern version of greenery


At the northern side of the building, we placed planters as a buffer between the roaster and the adjacent apartment house. The boxes of aluminum are supported by the 16.3mm-diameter wire ropes and feed-water pipe is combined with drainpipe, as we wanted the planters to play the central role on the façade. In its attempt to use the gutter this way, the roaster should belong to the same family of Katsura Villa in Kyoto and many other traditional Japanese architecture.

▼铝制的花槽由钢丝绳支撑,the boxes of aluminum are supported by wire ropes

Tokyo, Japan


3186.78 m2 


Project team: Jun Shibata, Akihiro Moriya, Taro Awano, Tomohiro Matsunaga(Visualization)

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