Tucked away on the top floor of this high profile residential development, sitting alongside a vast rooftop garden, is a haven of comfort and relaxation. Not only does this space play host to private dinner parties in the evening and daytime home workers- its atmosphere gently encourages story telling, and the sharing of experiences between two close friends or two unfamiliar residents.
Here we take the user on a multi-sensory experience, telling the story of the history of tea and how as northerners this cherished beverage brings together family, coworkers, friends and even lovers, at a time of need.
Researching the cultural origins of tea, and even its uses globally not just as a source of refreshment, but for its spiritual and healing benefits, we aim to allow the user to relax, focus and evoke a sense of subliminal nostalgia, whilst gently infusing a sense of cultural intelligence. Tea as a taste experience, in its many forms, brings comfort and has links to our ancestary, standing alone as a timeless topic of conversation and human connection. As a touch experience, it has been proven by neuroscientists that the warmth of tea encourages open, meaningful conversations.
We aim to explore tea as a spectrum of colour, taste, sound and smell, from the dark depths of black assam, the mid tones of japenese green, right through the comforting milky tones of english breakfast complimenting the refereshing effects of chinese white.