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J-Tea / Atelier Waechter

  • 01:00 - 15 December, 2010
J-Tea / Atelier Waechter
J-Tea / Atelier Waechter, © Sally Schoolmaster
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Eugene, Oregon, United States
  • Architects

    Atelier Waechter
  • Structural Engineer

    Munzing Structural Engineering
  • Builder

    Rich Piltz Construction
  • Owner

    Josh Chamberlain
  • Area

    1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. J-Tea International is an importer and seller of Taiwanese oolong teas. Designed by Atelier Waechter and located in Eugene, Oregon this adaptive re-use project gracefully transforms an existing single family house located in a commercially zoned area into a retail space for tea sales and sampling.  The goal of the project was to achieve this with as few moves as possible. The transformation is composed of 3 primary elements: entry canopy, porch and tea walls. Each element is visually distinct and has a specific purpose.

© Sally Schoolmaster
© Sally Schoolmaster

The purpose of the canopy is to engage pedestrian and vehicular traffic giving the former house a commercial scale. Additionally, the canopy creates an airy and glowing entry court for outdoor seating. The white powder coated aluminum louvers stand out against the more subdued galvanized steel structure. The white louvers are placed below the support structure to give the impression that they are floating in space -- like a cloud.

© Sally Schoolmaster
© Sally Schoolmaster

The  porch draws the visitors eye into the tea room by creating an aperture that frames the interior space as if it were a stage set. The porch walls, floor and roof are made from a relatively thin 5 1/8” x 5’ Port Orford cedar glue laminated beam. The porch is lightly supported by two concrete stem walls and cantilevers at each end to heighten one’s sense of stepping into the porch emphasizing the entry threshold.

© Sally Schoolmaster
© Sally Schoolmaster

The purpose of the tea walls is to form a contained ring around a central tea bar creating a calm and quiet room, heightening the senses for the smelling and tasting of tea. The tea walls are composed of a grid of maple plywood that circumscribes the room and incorporates window openings for a continuous appearance. The grid of shelves is filled with richly colored and textured merchandise that creates a variegated pattern.

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Josh Chamberlain · March 03, 2012

This is pretty neat, Eugene! Atelier Waechter transforms an existing home into retail space for J-Tea: http://t.co/VkN0QZPx (via @archdaily)

Emily Papp · March 03, 2012

This is pretty neat, Eugene! Atelier Waechter transforms an existing home into retail space for J-Tea: http://t.co/VkN0QZPx (via @archdaily)

cortebrezo · December 17, 2010

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Travel Writer · December 17, 2010

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Gosia Kung, AIA · December 17, 2010

Let&#39s have a tea party! LOVE this project! http://fb.me/NxN4DMRx

Holcim Awards · December 17, 2010

This is a wonderful small scale project. It shows that simplicity can be incredibly beautiful Great work!

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Dana Henrickson · December 16, 2010

Great Eugene, OR adaptive reuse project (Thanks CFW) http://www.archdaily.com/94600...

Nicholas Patten · December 16, 2010
tuttibubulonis · December 16, 2010

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kyle bruce · December 16, 2010

Love the simplicity of this project, and wished it was there when I was in Eugene J-Tea / Atelier Waechter http://www.archdaily.com/?p=94...

Gill+Dudwadkar Arch. · December 16, 2010

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Cindy FrewenWuellner · December 16, 2010

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scottie m · December 16, 2010

love it! keep it going Ben!

EMERSON GÁMEZ · December 16, 2010

interesante!

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