According to the local conditions, HATCH Architects created a teahouse and two pavilions in the tea field in Anji, Zhejiang Province, which has both the cohesion of enclosing and centripetal, and the openness of opening to the surrounding. This project is located in ten thousand acres of tea fields, among rural landscape.
▼项目与周边环境鸟瞰，bird’s eye view of the project and surrounding environment ©朱润资
▼观景平台与茶室近景鸟瞰，closer bird ‘s-eye view of the viewing platform and tea house ©朱润资
▼航拍顶视图，aerial top view of the project ©朱润资
Outside the tea house, the design of two open viewing platforms on the top of the tea mountain are inspired by the villagers’ proudest product, white tea. The roof of one pavilion resembles a leaf and falls lightly in the field. With the meaning “Leaves brought wealthiness to the people”, it also carries the deep emotional sustenance in this area. The roof of another pavilion looks like a floating cloud, providing a shelter for tea farmers and visitors.
▼远观观景台，viewing the viewing platform at distance ©朱润资
▼远观凉亭，viewing the pavilions at distance ©朱润资
This tea house was a storage room before. The designer transformed it into a tea house through a tiny intervention, and used a lot of local traditional bamboo and wood materials, which harmoniously integrated into the natural environment, The tea house is partially hollowed, allowing the skylight come inside, and the huge floor-to-ceiling window on wall brings a wide view of the endless tea fields.
▼茶室室内概览，interior overall view of the tea house ©朱润资
One of the most prominent highlights of the tea house is the long panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows facing the tea garden, occupying a whole wall, like a unique viewing frame. When the weather is good, the 12-meter-wide horizontal folding floor-to-ceiling windows can be fully opened, allowing the guests to enjoy the beautiful view thoroughly, with breeze coming in sometimes.
▼面向茶园的长条形全景落地窗，the long panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows facing the tea garden ©朱润资
▼墙上巨大的落地窗让一望无际的茶园尽收眼底，the huge floor-to-ceiling window on wall brings a wide view of the endless tea fields ©朱润资
In line with the geographical form of the tea garden terraces, the designer used the embedded method to shape the declining tea house. While meeting the functional requirements, the material and shape selection weakens the abruptness of the building, and makes it integrate with the surrounding environment. The interior of the tea house was made into an earth color “cave”, and the bar counter and stairs inside winds up, full of soft and smooth texture.
▼茶室内部则被打造成了大地色的“洞穴”，The interior of the tea house was made into an earth color “cave” ©朱润资
▼室内吧台、台阶的曲线如茶垄般蜿蜒，富有柔软顺滑的质感，the bar counter and stairs inside winds up, full of soft and smooth texture ©朱润资
Anji, Zhejiang province is rich in bamboo and has been known as the bamboo town since ancient times. Based on the natural solution of ecological protection and restoration, both pavilions are made of local bamboo and wood, which harmoniously integrated into the natural environment, meanwhile adding fun to the peaceful countryside.
▼采用当地竹木制作的凉亭如一瓣叶片般舒展，The pavilion, made of local bamboo and wood, stretches like a leaf ©朱润资
▼顶棚形似漂浮的云朵的凉亭，the pavilion with a ceiling shaped like a floating cloud ©朱润资
Through the deep communication with local craftsmen, the design team learned about materials characteristics and bamboo construction techniques, explored new ways of bamboo construction and application. We hope that through our simple attempts, we will once again awaken our attention to traditional bamboo art.
▼夜景，night view ©朱润资
▼观景层平面图，viewing platform plan ©汉齐建筑
▼茶室平面图，tea house plan ©汉齐建筑
▼南立面图，south elevation ©汉齐建筑
▼东立面图，east elevation ©汉齐建筑
项目设计 & 完成年份：2021-2021
主创设计：卫宏涛 David Wei
合作方：上海柏钰企业管理有限公司 / 上海支曼建筑设计咨询有限公司
Project name：Anji Sight-viewing Platform and Tea House
Design year & Completion Year：2021-2021
Leader designer & Team
Chief Designer：David Wei
Team：Danjun Shao, Zhizheng Wang, Kevin Xu, Yuanming Zhao, Erqiang Dai
Project location：Anji, Zhejiang, China
Gross Built Area：260 sq m
Landscape area：1300 sq m
Photo credits：Runzi Zhu
Partners：Shanghai Baiyu Enterprise Management Co., LTD & Shanghai Zhiman Architectural Design Consulting Co., Ltd.
Clients：Anji Xucheng Tourism Development Co., Ltd.