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.”