The Tea Lounge
The branding and interior architecture has been conceived like a luxurious Chaikhana (traditional Central Asian tea house) for modern nomads. The space is articulated around a central four-sided tea studio, from which radiate clusters of loose seating and eclectic furniture to evoke a virtual caravansarai (traditional Central Asian traveller’s inn or camp).The camp is anchored by the tea altar, where various rituals of tea-making are enacted live throughout the day by the service team.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Tea Lounge aim to redefine the experience of a classic hotel lounge by immersing guests into a ancient narrative with a strong regional identity within a contemporary lifestyle.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
This is a hotel lobby that has been designed to be capable to serve breakfast in the morning, light lunch and afternoon teas, then evening drinks and late night snacks for individual travelers, couples and groups of friends.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
3 weeks of research in Taiwan tea plantations, 5 months of design in London. Opened in Baku in winter 2015.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The central tea studio has been designed using boiling water on tap technology. This enable a very theatrical tea-making protocol producing much rising steam as the boiling water is poured from the tap into the pot and caught by beams of special spotlights.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
375 SqM lobby lounge in a 250 bedroom hotel
absheron, tea lounge, tea concept, tearoom design, teahouse design, innovative tea service,
2 weeks of research in Taiwan tea plantations, 3 weeks research in Turkish, Kazakh and Azeri tea houses, then much observation and discussions with local people how they use tea preparation and service as a mean to connect with friends, colleagues, families and strangers.
Tea ceremony and sharing tea is an essential part of local social life in Asia. Tea houses of central Asia (chaikhana), Turkey and Russia have been the base for researching how to express this deep social connection place into a modern meeting place for the nomads of the 21st century. The challenge was to transform a traditional activity into a modern lifestyle experience without loosing touch with the soul of travel.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Blue Sky Hospitality