Makaibari Tea Pavillion

Project Name: Makaibari Tea Pavillion
Authors: MIANZI & QX Design


Built within a tea estate, the pavilion is designed for a culinary experience in the heart of the plantation. Made with bamboo as a structural material, the form exploits the potential of the material in a intricate crafting of form and detail. Deceptive in its scale, the pavilion envelops the visitor inside opening up to frequent views of the vegetation around. 

Perched in the peculiar landscape of the plantation, the design as an object creates a sense of awe and excitement. Easy to miss in its context, the deliberate use of the envelope renders it a sense of familiarity. One can imagine light filtering through on evenings, as architecture poses as a sculptural expression and a pragmatic resolution of form. A complicated structural resolution enables the architects to use bamboo in formal and visual tension. As a module among and a journey through these landscapes, it suggests the possibility of a replicable format. Towards this vision, It consists of interconnected panels that compose the volume.

Numerous plantations and estates in India attract visitors and tourists to experience the unique landscape. The syntax of architecture within these plantation is often feudal and colonial in its expression, with contemporary structures mimicking their original contrasts and impositions. In a substantial departure, this pavilion attempts to draw affinities to its context in search for a new, bold language for building within the estate. 

A formal and spatial delight, this project engages with both – the material and the locale – to create an evocative, sculptural design that serves as a space of curiosity for the visitor and the viewer, employing design and structural finesse and therefore, the Makaibari Tea Pavilion by MIANZI and QX Design is a Citation Project for The Merit List.

Images & Drawings: courtesy MIANZI & QX Design; Photographs: © Aditya Rai

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