DeHui Tea Space
The Tea Space is a form of re-redevelopment of the historical Beijing hutongs. The space occupies a ground level shop front of a 10-stories ubiquitous residential building, which was the result of the rapid development of the central Hutong neighborhoods10 years ago. The area is now a mix of mid-high rise amid one story hutong buildings. The design attempts to bring back the vernacular, traditional elements and spirit of the area, and to create some context continuity on the street level.
Sandwiched between delivery service hubs, it sits still in contrast to the busy surrounding, among a pack of delivery tricycles that regularly flood the fronting parking lot. The Tea Space is an island offering tranquility and indulgence in a harsh world.
The facade frames the view inward to intimate spaces for contemplation and friend gathering. The flexible central space is suitable for a variety of activities and can host up to 100 people. Referencing the circle, as symbol of harmony, fulfillment and oneness in Chinese Culture, the design intends to offer a mindful and contemporary aesthetics approach whilst softening the rigid rectangular grid of the existing structure.
The open spaces are defined by white linen, sitting within a Zen scape of white pebble stone and plants. The intimate atmosphere encourages for gentle conversation and tea appreciation. Two private rooms continue the design motif of the main space. A generous circulation passage links all functions and doubles up as gallery for temporary exhibitions. Back of house is hidden away behind a montage door.
Material palette consists linen, elm wood, marble and terrazzo with occasional warm metal highlight. The central space features oval Barrisol ceilings. The facade is back-lit frosted glass. That offers a clean fresh look during the day and a warm glow in the evening.