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Tainan, Taiwan

Taiwanese tea lab

 

Look around the streets of Taiwan and the popularity of bubble tea manufacturer, 50 Lan, will be obvious. The owner Mr. Ma founded a humble beverage and fruit stall in 1994 and with a growing culture of cold and hand-shaken tea, 50 Lan proved to be a thriving business. Today, the company has moved its headquarters to Tainan into a concrete building designed by renowned architect Mao Shen Chiang. Fittingly, the building houses a traditional tea room, testing rooms and a tea kitchen where employees like to experiment with new tea variants.

Look around the streets of Taiwan and the popularity of bubble tea manufacturer, 50 Lan, will be obvious. The owner Mr. Ma founded a humble beverage and fruit stall in 1994 and with a growing culture of cold and hand-shaken tea, 50 Lan proved to be a thriving business. Today, the company has moved its headquarters to Tainan into a concrete building designed by renowned architect Mao Shen Chiang. Fittingly, the building houses a traditional tea room, testing rooms and a tea kitchen where employees like to experiment with new tea variants.

Being a faithfull tea lover like mr. Ma, a tea ceremonial room is a prerequisite. The room, kept in earthy hues with wooden sliding doors and leather mats, welcomes guests with Taiwanese calligraphy on the walls. 

Being a faithfull tea lover like mr. Ma, a tea ceremonial room is a prerequisite. The room, kept in earthy hues with wooden sliding doors and leather mats, welcomes guests with Taiwanese calligraphy on the walls. 

 

THE V1 KITCHEN

 

THE V1 KITCHEN

Wood vs concrete – In this modern lab, a simple earthy-colour scheme results from a material mix of concrete and wood serving as a pure and perfect frame for building a modern brand.

Wood vs concrete – In this modern lab, a simple earthy-colour scheme results from a material mix of concrete and wood serving as a pure and perfect frame for building a modern brand.

Spiral up – A four-floor structure topped with a rooftop terrace overlooking the city is now the creative base for Mr. Ma and his fourteen colleagues. Floors are connected through a spiral staircase made in the architect's signature material - exposed concrete.

Spiral up – A four-floor structure topped with a rooftop terrace overlooking the city is now the creative base for Mr. Ma and his fourteen colleagues. Floors are connected through a spiral staircase made in the architect's signature material - exposed concrete.