The Starbucks in Daegu, South Korea is more than just a coffee shop, it is the transformation of a timber ‘hanok’ house with a history of more than one hundred years. The interiors have been meticulously designed in the traditional style, which is recognized by its exposed wooden framework, ornamental detailing, and tiled gable roof, all built atop a low, brick foundation.

The original structure has been preserved — including the roof, rafters, beams, columns, and floors — while the space has been elevated to 21st century standards. In this way, the café takes shape to combine a traditional and modern experience.

The lofty, sunlit interiors integrate dry gardens into the flooring, while the rooms open onto a quiet outdoor garden. The space covers 199 pyeong (around 7,000 square feet), and fits 120 seats. Many of these seats are installed on the parquet floor of the historic house to gaze directly out onto the garden.

Based on the interior, this place is more like a tea house rather than a coffee shop for me. Hence, I am not quite sure I am into such atmosphere for a cup of coffee.

images courtesy Starbucks | @starbuckskorea

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