BASAO Tea Lounge in Xiamen, China allows visitors to experience the sounds and sensations of tea, transporting them far from the city while maintaining authentic roots to its locale. Calming acoustics and subtle colors encourage contemplation while natural light and rich textures invite visitors to take a spot at the tasting counter.
A Sensory Immersion into Tea
Words by Lark Breen
Photos by Jonathan Leijonhufvud
August 19, 2022
The philosophy of the space is strongly influenced by the writings of Baisao, the Japanese monk for which the store is named. He believed that space for quiet contemplation was the antidote for fast-paced life.
“The experience at the tea counter enables all senses; the touch of the countertop, the heat of the cup, the sound when the ceramic vessel meets the surface, the smell of the tea being poured, the many flavors and the warming, relaxing feel after drinking it,” says Peter Eland of Norm Architects.