Friday, March 23, 2012

Starbucks concept store in Amsterdam

A large beautiful store inspired by Dutch culture and tradition is now open in the popular Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam. This is the 9th Starbucks concept store to open in the last three years across the globe, but the first shop they referred to as a "laboratory". Designed by  Liz Muller with assistance of more than 35 artists and craftsmen, 'the bank' is situated in a 430 square meter (4,500 sqf) subterranean space in the vault of a historic bank.

 This new concept will function as a testing center for innovative coffee brewing methods taking place in its ‘Slow’ Coffee Theater as well as offering small batch reserve coffees not available anywhere else on the continent. It will also premiere Starbucks first ever Clover® brewing system in Europe, as well as feature a bakery in the back of  the store, while raised platforms will provide stages for live music performances. The shop has been built to meet LEED sustainable building guidelines, respecting the architecture of the historic bank and featuring a unique local design style and sustainable materials.   

Photos via dezeen, by Rien Muelman

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