“Our global footprint presents powerful possibilities to replicate and scale our green building efforts.” – SB website
There have been a couple of recent glimpses into Starbucks’ vision for their future retail design and are grateful to them for answering some of our curiosities about their use of wood in design and what’s driving their new concepts. At the base is an attempt to create connection, integration and discovery by rooting stores in the communities they are a part of. This is achieved by using local craftsmen and by using reclaimed, locally sourced wood for a variety of store elements. The Bank in Amsterdam using re-purposed Dutch Oak & recycled bicycle inner tubes, Kengo Kuma’s design on the approach to the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine and the Reclamation Drive through made from recycled shipping containers provide visual, tangible examples of how these concepts are being reified. According to Starbucks they have been working with the US Green building Council for more than a decade, now executing on a strategy that has been developing over this period and 75 percent of all new company-owned stores to be certified under the LEED® green building standard – 2011 that translates to 121 of 161 stores. This is clearly an exciting and hopefully catalytic opportunity for the application of local craft and pioneering use of sustainable wood in retail design.