Tucked away at the heart of the trendy Omotesando neighborhood of Tokyo, the Starbucks Espresso Journey is truly a shrine that honors the art of coffee making. Conceptualized by architectural firm nendo and its principal, Oki Sato, who envisioned the temporary structure to be a spacious library. Booklets on the various coffee derivative beverages, such as lattes, cappuccinos, and cafe mocha, nendo shelved on floor to ceiling and throughout the building’s four corners to the fullest capacity. nendo also designed a color-base catalog system for the booklets, where by the color of its cover correspond to its drink subject. Pre-cut portion of the cover can also be coffee tumbler of various size. On both levels of the spartan hall is a Starbucks coffee bar, where a barista will create the drink of you choice. You can then sip away in quiet reflection on your coffee in this tranquil and airy space. And while the space is close for the time being, there are possible plans in bring back the concept space next year.
Photography by: Daici Ano & Hiroshi Iwasaki