Ding Hui Yuan Zen & Tea Chamber by 3andwich Design/He Wei Studio

Elongated industrial box.

Project Specs


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This is a factory renovation project. Rebuilt into an office in its latest renovation, the old factory experienced several times of renovation after its construction in 1970s. Unlike other factories with large space, the factory doesn’t have a big space span while the height is normal showing no special features. However, a 100 square meters backyard is quite impressive. Based on the owner’s requirement, designers need to reconstruct it into a Zen Chamber.

▼远眺建筑,view from distance


As a Zen Chamber, it should have the Eastern spirit and ancient concept. Certainly, the ancient concept is not a simple display of traditional symbols. This design wishes to convey the essence of the Chinese private gardens, such as “seeing a bigger picture from small matters” and “the path winds through high peaks”.

▼融入小中见大,峰回路转的园林设计精髓,introducing the sense of “seeing a bigger picture from small matters” and “the path winds through high peaks”


The core of the design is restructuring the circulation of the space. Designers gave up the simple layout of the existing circulation space with hanging stairs directly attached to its entrance. The design creates a longer circulation for people to calm down when entering the main space in the philosophy of Zen Tea. An extra-long, zigzag path is made: people can enter the building from the west side after passing through a long and narrow semi-outdoor corridor.

▼半室外廊道拉长人进入建筑的时间,a long and narrow semi-outdoor corridor creates a longer circulation for people to calm down



They will enter the backyard after turning to the north and walking through the entire Zen Chamber. Architect added a folded stairs in this area, located between the long ramp and paralleled stairs. People will see the inner courtyard and a big tearoom through the grating racks while stepping up the stairs. Then they can reach to the second floor through a long, narrow, and closed space. The second floor is served as the main public space of the building, including a Guqin (a representative instrument of traditional Chinese musical culture) room, small tearooms, meditation room and a large tearoom.

▼后院,the backyard

▼对折的楼梯空间,the folded staircase


▼进入主空间,the main space

▼医堂入口,medical room


▼禅堂,mediation room



The changing rhythm of the brightness is another key of renovation. Around the inner court, the newly created space changes its appearance between the natural light and the artificial light arranging the transparent, semi-transparent and close-up visual effects. After entering the building, people could enjoy the courtyard in different time and different perspectives, and vice versa, which is also a practice of sampling the Chinese garden.

▼空间与光,space and light


▼夜色,night view

▼剖透视, perspective section

▼流线分析/新建体块分析,circulation and the addition parts


▼一层平面图,the ground floor plan

▼二层平面图,the first floor plan

▼三层平面图,the third floor plan


Project name: Ding Hui Yuan Zen & Tea Chamber
Location: Beijing, China
Client: Better Lift Art Club Co., Ltd
Principle architect: He Wei
Architecture and Interior design team: Chen Long, Wang Qi, Zhao Zhuo-Ran
Lighting design team: Zhang Xin, Han Xiao-Wei, Zhou Xuan-Yu
Special adviser: Xue Xiao-Ming, Zhang Yi-Cheng
Contractor: Beijing GHLH Construction CO., LTD
Land area: 300 sqm
Construction area: 450 sqm
Design time: 2014-2015
Construction time: 2015-2016.01
Photographer:Liu Songkai, Zhou Meng

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