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The Tea Factory

  • Yangon, Myanmar

The old Tea Factory was restored, keeping the historic building’s exquisite features intact with just a dash of modern Myanmar’s architectural detailing.

The building’s original dockyard was converted into a glass atrium with a bubbling water fountain. When the monsoon rains pour, the room becomes a terrarium with the sound of raindrops against glass.

The design concept of The Tea Factory was a modern “pyin taung eain”, a vernacular wooden house with modern interiors. Cascading ferns are suspended from the ceiling beams and the building still houses the original tea-drying machine, a Date Iron Works Ltd. Black Tea Dryer, imported from Japan.

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