2012 Year in Review - 2. Starbucks Coffee
By , December 27, 2012
The second project showcased in our 2012 featured project is a Starbucks Coffee in Illinois. What more to say? It’s a freakin’ Starbucks! Well – there is actually a lot more to be said about this project, and why it was chosen as a featured project. The layout is quite unique and the design is just ingenious. This particular Starbucks is actually quite small – it maximizes its store space, along with the communal space outside. This ingenious design was in junction with Charles Sparks + Company. The dining area is also a hallway for passengers to go to the trains. There were limitations as to what could have been used – restrictions which only a NanaWall system could meet. They required a system that could close securely when the store was shut, however open completely during normal business hours. During open hours, the single-track sliding system invites customers in, by vanishing completely – while limiting the amount of space taken up by the stacked panels. Also a system that was aesthetically pleasing. See the other options of closing off the store?? What a difference! Take a look below to see an example of what else Starbucks Coffee could have done!!!
An example of other options, besides a NanaWall system, to close off the store after-hours.
Take a close look at where the panels are stacked away during open hours! An extended track that puts the panels on another “opening” against the wall – check out the ingenious design to make them fade away into the wallpaper! Simply amazing! For great architecture, there are a lot of things that we don’t notice, and shouldn’t notice, that make it great. Here are some of the key attributes that helped create this amazing storefront:
- Intuitive Operation – Glass panels are top-hung to glide on a single track.
- No floor track to create seamless flooring transitions
- Security after hours with multi-point locking
- Panels that are able to stack along the wall to essentially disappear within the wall
- Custodial hardware to protect from unauthorized access or movement of panels.