Kengo Kuma designs the world's most peaceful Starbucks

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Kengo Kuma designs the world's most peaceful StarbucksIf all Starbucks cafes looked like this, it would almost certainly put an end to take-out drinks! After all, who would want to leave a building this tranquil?Architects at Tokyo-based and world-renowned Kengo Kuma & Associates firm have designed a Starbucks store in Japan that draws on its peaceful surroundings. Located in the Fukuoka Perfecture, it can be found on a street leading directly to the Dazaifu Tenmagu holy shrine, which is dedicated to a Japanese deity. Fukuoka, Japan - 21.03.12Mandatory Credit: Masao Nishikawa/WENN.ComSupplied by WENN.com

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By now it's clear that high design can arrive in some pretty strange packages—sex toys, gingerbread, and dog houses, included—so it shouldn't be such a surprise that fast food chains like McDonald's and Burger King are keen to jump aboard the band wagon, too. By hiring design firms to revamp their stores, fast food brands refresh their image and get some press, while customers get a pretty place to eat some less-than-pretty food.

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