DeHui Tea Space is situated amidst one of Beijing's remaining central Hutong neighborhoods. 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.