as a mega global brand starbucks has suffered heavily from the backlash against big, corporate, ‘cookie cutter’ store design.
the 430 sqm underground store is in an old bank in amsterdam which has its own instore bakery, a stage for live music or poetry and a range of new coffee brewing services and exclusive blends.
dubbed ‘the bank’, this is starbucks’ 9th concept store, but the first to be referred to as a laboratory. conceived by dutch born inhouse design director liz muller, the design was implemented by a team of more than 35 local artists and craftsmen, who used 1,800 individually cut wooden blocks to make the ceiling feature. the original marble and concrete floor has also been re-exposed and restored.
this just goes to show that big can also do beautiful.