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Not to be Outdone By Other Chains, Starbucks Gets New Digs

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The fast food giants have really been trying to up their architecture game of late. First it was McDonald's with the Patrick Norquet-designed interiors for all their (perpetually packed) outlets in France. Then came Burger King, with a woodsy "Garden Grill" concept about to hit Singapore. Now, coffee, scone, and crappy music purveyor Starbucks is getting into the game with a new open-concept design from Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Set to open in mid-December, the store is lined with timbers and the glassy entrance is placed beneath an inviting overhang.
· Kengo Kuma Designs Starbucks [JapanTrends via Architizer]
· Yes, This is What New French McDonald's Will Look Like [Curbed National]
· Fast Food Giant Burger King Goes Upscale in Southeast Asia [Curbed National]