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Starbucks Reserve — Milano Roastery

Milan, Italy

group brandEXA

company valueInspiration

EXA’s Starbucks Reserve Roastery was the first in Italy (and the third in the world), and a unique project in terms of size and complexity. The store boldly showcases its roasting process to customers, with a visible system of winding copper pipework. 

The heritage listed building, one of Milan’s iconic landmarks in Piazza Cordusio, was converted from its original Post Office form. Our scope included the creation of a monumental new stair in metal and glass, and a full suite of MEP and special services. The fit-out works consisted in recreating the glass roof, installing new wall finishes and geometric feature ceilings. The handcrafted custom colored Palladiana is composed of opus incertum. This technique composes large areas of flooring with thousands of small pieces of marble, each of a different shape. Each piece of 4-10cm of tumbled marble is bonded to the principle slab and filled, without a predetermined layout.

The industrial interior features these reinterpreted and juxtaposed local historical materials as the main characters of what has been labeled by the Starbucks itself as an intricate masterpiece of Italian craftsmanship”.

locationPiazza Cordusio, 3, Milan, Italy

sustainability certificationLEED

designerStarbucks design team

Project ManagementArup
gross area [sqm]2.400
160Suppliers and subcontractors
200Workers in peak period
12Site manager
2000Area [sqm]
8000Volume [cbm]
60Weekly report
600Activity listed in work programme


Watch the timelapse video about Starbucks Reserve Roastery Milano (video courtesy of Starbucks)