The selection to salvage a concrete roof from a collapsed warehouse as primary creating materials informed the unusual style of this contemporary tea home. Made by Archi-Union Architects for the backyard of their office in Shanghai, the Tea Property is a beautiful instance of how ‘waste materials’ can be transformed into one thing of excellent value. Constructed about a mature tree and overlooking a pool, the structure custom-fits the modest, restricted space.
The 3-sided tea house functions 1 glass wall opening up to the courtyard, generating a visual connection to the tranquil outdoor space as effectively as to the main building. Conceived as a relaxation space for employees, the tea house was created around a twisted non-linear hexahedron staircase connecting the functional spaces within.
An enclosed tea residence is situated on the ground level, with a library on the second level. A modest triangular balcony embraces the branches of the tree, with a view of the reflecting pool under. Further private spaces incorporate a lounge, a reading space and a service area. The architects clarify that the space was designed “to bring a new expertise to an ordinary functional space.”
“Linear space all of a sudden changes to an expressive type, surging from the tea residence then transforming into a tranquil space for the library on the floor above, creating the reading space a particular location to sit.”