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AMBER

A-M-B-E-R

An asymmetric caesura leads into a moment of stillness. The glow from the hearth warms up the monochromatic pavilion; the granite pavers and grey-washed walls kindled in amber. Above, a sliver along the central axis divides the ceiling in halves. It admits natural light from the fabric sky of the sports arena but keeps the rest of the stadium out of sight.

It is a space surrendered to light: when the day is spent, the amber ascends, and darkness sinks into the deep. Mediated in the half-light, the tea master and the guests search for the moment between solemn ritual and sensuous discovery.

A-M-B-E-R is a tea pavilion designed exclusively for the ceremony conducted by tea master David Tsay, and doubles as a tea ware exhibit space for wood-fired pottery master Chengtai Tian, both are well-known artisans in Asia. The exaltation of the tea pottery is a manifestation of the wood fire kiln technique, an ancient method that demands direct, physical engagement with the intensity of fire. Subject to repeated scorching, and the consummation with wood ash deposit, the clay develops a sheen unmatched by artificial glazing, all the more enriched by the amber warmness suspended within the space. The pavilion is installed in the BC Place Stadium as a special feature for the Luxury Home & Design Show 2018.

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Commissioned by: Luxury Home & Design Show
Constructed by: Prado Construction Group
Sponsored by: Dexter Natural Stones, Canex Building Supplies, Symmetry Lighting
Project Team: Olivia Alvarez, Imu Chan, Aubane Gignoux, Wame Mosenene, Alex Rokosz, Craig Terry
Photographs and Text by: Imu Chan
Location: Vancouver BC
Completion: 2018