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ONE Teahouse / MINAX Architects

  • 20:00 - 8 May, 2018
  • Curated by Joanna Wong
ONE Teahouse / MINAX Architects
© Zhigang Lu
© Zhigang Lu

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  • Architects

  • Location

    1 Tong Xin Lu, Hongkou Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Zhigang Lu
  • Design Team

    Congyi Huang, Li Liu, Like Niu, Zhirui Liu
  • Area

    17.8 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Zhigang Lu
© Zhigang Lu

Text description provided by the architects. Drinking tea is one of the most featured activity which can fuse the functional requirements with the sense of ritual in Chinese life. In China, tea is considered as a belt that can fulfill spiritual communication between human and nature, it means that “a person stands among the woods and grass” in ancient Chinese. Tea is one symbol of Chinese Zen life, so a teahouse is not just a place for people to have tea, but also has some profound significance. We can gain the generosity of spirit in a confined space once we start to enjoying a cup of tea.

© Zhigang Lu
© Zhigang Lu

999 wooden sticks arranged by an identical center in the rectangular room, and they are cut out of an oval space. In this case, every stick has its own different angle and length, and the available space has a clear outline. These sticks accomplish a gradual transition from the rectangular room (size: 3.8m*4.7m) to an oval activity space. The teahouse contains two geometry shapes and three different densities. All these designs display a great orderliness and refinement. When the sunlight is reflected from the cut surface of every stick, we will see a rhythmic change in different sizes of circles.

© Zhigang Lu
© Zhigang Lu

On one side of the room, a round window faces the urban road, while a square doorway is adjacent to a garden on the other side. That is because the designer was inspired by an old Chinese saying—“The circle has a tread of auto-rotating , and the square has a tread of stable”. The specificity of the space brings the people strong psychological hints. The theme of the teahouse is “ONE”. “ONE” and“RESTART” are two words of the space where we could reach a higher state of consciousness.


It took workers three months to renovate the house. In the teahouse, everyone will get spiritually reborn by tea.

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© Zhigang Lu

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Cite: "ONE Teahouse / MINAX Architects" 08 May 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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