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This is a very special exhibit space design for “Tea With”, in China Xiamen International Tea Industry Fair. In the past, the exhibitor only arranging the space for the purpose of exhibiting and selling commodity. However, we proposed an idea of “public living room” by making the 6*9(m) exhibit space become a little open house within a “bazaar ” not only accommodate a regular commercial exhibit needs but also a generous space for public use that sharing with the entire fair.
▼项目外观，External view of the project
Lacking of public space
The exhibition venue has been divided into different small spaces then rent out to individual exhibitor by the Fair organizer. By doing this, the entire exposition has been transformed into a miniature city with intricate “street” formed by scattered booths. However, in this miniature city, we are also faced with the same issue as our real city, the area deficiency of public and sharing space.
For the sake of making money, the exhibitor only care about their own business and the fair organizer only provide a very limited public space for visitor to use. Visitors can only passing in a rush because the deficiency of public space for stay and rest. Thus, the challenge of creating a public sharing space within this “miniature city” become the starting point of our design experiment.
▼展厅内空间关系，Space relation in the exhibition room
Definition and obscuring
We attempt to blur the boundary of inside and outside in this “living room” by start opening the spatial boundary on both south and north sides. Without the visible boundary, the “living room” has been transformed into a unique form of continuity in space; By folding the roof enclosure, lights can pass through the opened ridge and eaves, which not only upgraded the quality of exhibit space but also blurred the spatial boundary from another dimension. Moreover, we designed long bench and small staircase as a sharing element for temporary stay and have one bench facing the opened side wall, which allowed all visitors can get chance to stay and rest in the “living room” without necessity of actually entering the main exhibit space.
▼南北向打开，消解边界，Open the spatial boundary
▼内外之间的关系，Relation between the inside and the outside
Conception of scenario
We enclosing space to provide a feeling of safety and we opening up space to provide“affordance” . Our design allows all activities and human behaviors naturally happened in this space. From here, we hope that it can make people get back feels and pleasures that they have ever had under the banyan tree at gateway of the village, beside the stone bench in the alley or in the cave of the mountain: the adults are chatting over a cup of tea here, resting and snoring here; the children are climbing freely; and sometimes, there are some one to share music, dance, food…with everyone.
▼场景构想 Conception of scene
▼透过洞口看内部 View the inside through the hole
Natural living room
In the beginning of design, we were uncertain about the form and representation of overall design. But we know that by creating open public space and sharing with surroundings was such an valuable strategy, which provide more activity possibilities and opportunities for space like city scale but also exhibition scale. We focused on finding a compatible architectural form and function with our insight of life. We want to use a distilled design language to delineate the relationship between time and human activity. Use a simple design to realize a rich life.
▼长凳上休息，Rest on the benches
▼客厅一角，A corner of the living room
▼人们在空间中的活动，People’s activities in the space
Project name: Living Room of Tea With at China Xiamen International Tea Industry Fair.
Designed by: Jian Architecture Studio
Design time : Apr. 2018
Chief architect: Chen Peixin
Address of project: Xiamen
Construction area: 54 ㎡
Photographed by: Hu Tian, Liu Fang, Chen Peixin
Client: Tea With