Starbucks unveils new store inspired by New Orleans’ Coffee Heritage and Artistic Spirit

Category: Architecture Published on 06 Dec, 2013 Tags: , , , ,

Starbucks recently opened a new store in the historic New Orleans French quarter, inspired by the city’s rich history as a coffee trading port and its unique artistic spirit. The store is the latest example of Starbucks ongoing approach to create locally relevant designs that honor the culture of the neighborhoods they serve.


For this new store on Canal Street, Starbucks designers went back in time, imagining what the space might look like if it had belonged to a Louisianan merchant in the early 1900s. The front room, where the merchant would have worked, features floor-to-ceiling shelves behind a large coffee bar, designed to resemble an old-fashioned apothecary store. Local sculptor David Borgerding built chandeliers from old wrought iron gates to honor the city’s mercantile roots.

Another local artist Jason Horton created paintings of coffee beans on small block canvases that are on the shelves. Cherrylion  Studios worked on the 12 block paintings above the bar to showcase the story of coffee from bean to cup, complimenting the special limited edition Starbucks Reserve coffees available at this location.


In contrast, the back room of the store was designed to look like the merchant’s living space, offering a much more relaxed atmosphere. Vintage schoolhouse chairs around a 12 foot community table made from wind-fallen trees offer customers a comfortable place to work or connect with each other. A large mural in the back, by Atlanta-based artist Tommy Taylor, references the Starbucks siren and New Orleans’ shipping heritage. Hanging above the table is another statement chandelier by Borgerding, built with vintage horn instruments to recognize the city’s strong jazz roots.

3-starbucks-unveils-new-store-inspired-by-new-orleans-coffee-heritage-and-artistic-spirit 5-starbucks-unveils-new-store-inspired-by-new-orleans-coffee-heritage-and-artistic-spirit

all images © MATTHEW GLAC – courtesy of STARBUCKS


Fontys Sports College by Mecanoo architecten
Me London Hotel by Foster + Partners
Blue Planet Aquarium by 3XN
Bear House by Onion
Home 09 by i29
Casa Lapo by Florent Lesaulnier
STEREOTANK: Little Free Library in Nolita, New York
Serpentine Sackler Gallery designed by Zaha Hadid will open next September
Smart Student Flat by Tengbom Architects
House in Shinoharadai by Tai and Associates
Atlas Sports Center by YOONSEUX architectes
MINIMOD, Prefabricated modular house by MAPA
MVRDV unveils reflective public art depot in Rotterdam’s Museumpark
Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg designs the Norway's July 22 Memorial
‘O Petit en 'K’ restaurant in Bordeaux by Hekla
The Jane Restaurant by Piet Boon, Antwerp - Belgium
XX Century Capital: Giant Golden Piñata Cow in New York by Sebastian Errazuriz
HB6B apartment in Stockholm by Karin Matz
Hello House in Melbourne by OFF! Architecture  
A Pause in the City That Never Sleeps by Sebastian Errazuriz

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

five + 4 =

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Submit Your Work