Basao Tea Lounge
Xiamen, 2022
Norm Architects
Taking inspiration from the writings of Baisao, a Japanese monk of the Ōbaku School of Zen Buddhism, who became famous for traveling around Kyoto selling tea – and from whom BASAO took their name – Norm Architects have created a multifunctional tea store in the streets of Xiamen, China.

With room for quiet contemplation, the space is a clear antidote to the fast paced cityscape, instead immersing its visitors in calming acoustics and architectural framing. Natural light filters through and highlights the subtle colours and textures making the space warm and welcoming.