Biasol Thinks Pink for Bubble Tea Shop Ambrosia in China
The enduring popularity of bubble tea has proved its frothy appeal won’t pop any time soon. Particularly in China, where Ambrosia, a new shop in trendy Shenzhen, enlisted Melbourne, Australia-based Biasol to design a concept as effervescent as the beverage it serves.
Principal Jean-Pierre Biasol looked to a far older structure for inspiration for the space, which is a relatively narrow and compact 287 square feet. “The minimalist form is based on siheyuan, or traditional Chinese courtyard houses,” he says. “Their paifang, or architectural gateways, achieve a sense of flow,” as does the placement of a service counter in the center of the space, with a menu wall on the left and seating on the right.
For a sense of unity, a blushing terrazzo covers not only the floors, but also lower sections of the walls, tabletops integrated into banquettes, and even the front counter. “The soft-pink palette is calming and sensory,” Biasol says, “and as sweet and refreshing as bubble tea itself.”