In the bustling metropolis of Bangkok, amidst the chaos and fast-paced lifestyle, a tranquil oasis awaits for those seeking a moment of peace and balance. The KSANA Tea House, designed by Juti Architects, beckons tea enthusiasts and those in need of a serene escape to experience the true essence of matcha green tea imported from Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture.
The story of KSANA begins with the brand’s name itself – “Ksana” – derived from the Sanskrit language, meaning a small period of time or balance. In Thai, it translates to “ขณะ” (ka-na), signifying a moment, and in Japanese, “刹那” (setsuna) represents time. The essence of this name captures the essence of the experience that the brand aims to provide – a momentary escape from the frenzy of daily life, where one can immerse themselves in the taste and aroma of the highest quality matcha.
The design process began with the logo and packaging, where the concept of time and place was intertwined. Juti Architects ingeniously chose a “SUNDIAL” as the core design element, symbolizing both time and place. The ever-changing shadow of the sundial throughout the day embodies the concept of a fleeting moment, a respite from the constant flow of time.
For the packaging, nature’s imagery takes center stage, not only conveying the tea’s taste but also reflecting the essence of the place where it originates. It is an invitation for tea enthusiasts to be transported to a natural sanctuary, far away from the urban hustle, allowing them to revel in the tranquility of nature while savoring their cup of matcha.
As one steps into the flagship store, located under the stairs in the heart of the city, a sense of entering a gorge or a cave takes hold. This brilliant design choice transforms the teahouse into an urban refuge – a place to escape the city’s commotion and indulge in the calming ritual of tea drinking.
The interior of the teahouse embraces a surreal-minimalist atmosphere. The brand imagery deliberately shies away from bold colors, intricate shapes, and excessive materials. Instead, it seeks to create a deeper, more meaningful connection with its visitors. The subdued ambiance encourages patrons to immerse themselves in the moment and appreciate the nuances of the matcha experience.
Juti Architects have masterfully utilized the natural slope of the site, creating an inner cave space that exudes intimacy and privacy for those seeking a more personal tea-drinking experience. Access to the teahouse is through a double glass door – the first section serves as a takeaway and delivery pick-up area to maintain tranquility within, while the second section offers a cozy sit & drink area.
The cave walls are crafted from fiberglass, molded with CNC foam, and painstakingly adorned by the skilled hands of sculpture artists from the Art of Tea. Oak-colored tables and countertops complement the aesthetics, accentuating the elegance of black stone teacups and dessert plates. Additional touches like speakers adorned with artificial flowers by renowned Japanese flower artist Ganon Florist add a touch of organic beauty to the space.
The KSANA Tea House, an architectural marvel, harmoniously blends the natural and the urban, the traditional and the contemporary. It is more than just a teahouse; it is an escape, an experience, and a sanctuary of balance amid the frenzy of the city.
This innovative project by Juti Architects has created a space where time seems to pause, and one can savor the essence of matcha green tea in its purest form. The KSANA Tea House not only offers a delightful tea-drinking experience but also serves as a testament to the power of design in transporting us to moments of tranquility and serenity.
Architects: Juti architects – www.jutiarchitects.in.th
Area: 51 m²
Photographs: Peerapat Wimolrungkarat
Manufacturers: Arco, Art of Tea, Lamptitude
Lead Architects: Juti Klipbua
Head Designer: Juti Klipbua
Interior Designer: Tipaya Peasena
3 D Visualizer: Sarayuth Noitha
Junior Interior Designer: Supawan Puangthong
Program / Use / Building Function: Teahouse