Basao - Causeway Bay / Hong Kong
Designed by Building Narrative.
Text from the designer:
" The second Basao teahouse is a 1,200 sqft venue that serves single-origin teas sourced directly from farmers across Asia. Building Narrative integrates Basao’s story in the design by infusing feature tiles with soil from a Basao tea plantation. Saturated with the hue and texture of plantation soil, the atmosphere grounds the costumer in a tactile expression of Basao's story.
Soil for the tile is sourced from a plantation in Anxi, China, a region known for oolong tea cultivation. The soil is set in cement, then pressed – a process that retains the character of the soil including traces of plants. We tested soils from three plantations and adapted a century- old manufacturing technique with the help of a Xiamen artisan to produce the custom tiles .
Fashioned by a local carpenter, wood slabs invite customers to linger at tables, window sills, and a street-side bench. In the spirit of wabi sabi, inlaid brass crosses stitch together the tables at natural weak points in the wood grain.
The atmosphere rich in natural materials aspires to offer a counterpoint to Cauaseway Bay, Hong Kong's premier shopping district."
Kris Provoost is a Belgian photographer based in Hong Kong. He has been active in Asia the past decade capturing buildings and cities, to better understand the built environment.
After graduating with a Master in Architecture, he relocated to Beijing where he started his architecture career contributing to buildings spread around Asia. He worked for highly respected design firms including Zaha Hadid Architects, Buro Ole Scheeren and gmp.
As a photographer he has worked with some of the most well-known established architects and engineers.
Photos have been published in Architectural Digest, Vogue, CNN Style, The Guardian, Wallpaper, AD Italia, Aesthetica Magazine, South China Morning Post, Dezeen, ArchDaily, Designboom, FastCompany, Wired.