The Tea Factory
The Tea Factory is a social enterprise which combines light industry with vocational learning opportunities to create a mixed-use site, outputting tea-based products provide jobs at all skill levels with the intention of uniting the polarised neighbourhood of Redcliffe around social principles inspired by the philosopher Confucius.
Situated on Redcliffe Wharf, the building responds to its context by using the historic land formation and its namesake of the red cliffs to generate a form that blends into its landscape. Using “Gonshi”, the study of rock formations which display characteristics denoting beauty and balance in Chinese culture, the building’s rocky exterior undulates across the site, pausing to allow glimpses into a softer tectonic found internally. An integrated technical strategy sees services and heating and cooling solutions sandwiched between the primary and secondary structural components, allowing great flexibility with maintenance and future alterations.