Photos via Fast Company
We’ll take a slim Starbucks to go, and we don’t mean a tall non-fat latte.
We mean the entire store.
The Seattle-based coffee empire premiered a portable “modern modular,” LEED-certified drive-through and walk-up shop in Denver, Colorado this week. The experimental 500-square-foot building was assembled in a factory with reclaimed Wyoming snow fencing in its facade and transported to its new location via truck.
This teeny space has just enough room for three to five Starbucks employees and the coffee-making machines they need; customers won’t be able to plop down with a laptop and Americano. The experimental building is part of a pilot program to bring hyper-local yet mass-produced stores across the country, Fast Company reported. As part of the LEED certification, the facades will be sourced from materials within a 500-mile radius of the store, and they will vary from reclaimed lumber to corrugated metals on a modular frame.
“What we’ve done is standardize the interior,” Starbucks senior concept design manager Anthony Perez told Fast Company. “But what we want to be able to do is, as people are going around this prefab, we want the materials on that exterior to feel like it’s part of the local environment.”
The buildings will also be “lanterns” to get attention from sleepy commuters, Perez added. “We’re responding to a palette of darkness. For a good part of the year in most of our markets, most of our business in a drive-through is done first thing in the morning. Instead of having just a few glowing signs and a light in the hallway, is there way to do this to make it a lot more interesting? Actually activating the building in such a way that’s taking advantage of light?”
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