Tea House DeHui Teaspace, located in one of the busy suburbs of Beijing, is a chamber island of peace and relaxation in the midst of the bustling streets of the metropolis.
Its facade “grows” from a standard urban high-rise building with a milky white glossy rectangle. The frosted glass with soft backlighting seems to imply that behind the doors of visitors a slightly different reality awaits, also promising fragments of which can be seen through a pair of window-portholes.
The Hong Kong studio SMU developed the concept of the institution. They focus on the shape of a circle symbolizing unity and satisfaction in the Chinese culture. The aesthetic subtext associated with the circles does not prevent these forms from manifesting their direct functionality aimed at mitigating and harmonizing the angular inner space.
The tea house is furnished with flax, elm wood, marble and also terrazzo. All materials are presented in the lightest and warmest shades. In the open plan, the main element of the zoning is the translucent curtains. These drop weightlessly onto the white pebble floor, therefore marking the boundaries of the rounded booths.
Despite the intimacy of the interior, the volume of a room of 250 m² can accommodate 100 people. However, you expect nothing but a rustle and a half whisper – the meditative nature of the institution obliges.
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Text: Victoria Gopka