The project is located at No.10053 Songjin Avenue. Grain warehouses and factories built in succession from 1950s to 1990s have been upgraded and transformed into Warehouses on Clouds Cultural and Creative Park through new planning. The park covers an area of 136 mu, with a building area of nearly 40,000 ㎡, including 59 old buildings. The park is divided into International Beer Culture Area, Art Exhibition Interactive Area, Sci-Tech Creative Office Area, Coastal Living and Leisure Area and Fashionable Online Celebrity Shooting Area, etc.
▼建筑外观，external view of the building ©ELTON STUDIO朱恩龙
The teahouse in the Plan is located in Block 37 East, an old building near the banks of the People River. On the riverside line of Warehouses on Clouds, there are many vicissitudes of life; The inner side along the riverbank line is relatively empty, which is suitable for developing tea houses on the wharf. Visitors stay here to rest, drink tea and look at the scenery, can absolutely enjoy the touch of the wind and the flow of water as well as enjoy themselves physically and mentally.
▼改造前项目外观，original view of the project before renovation ©DCDSAA淀川建筑事务所
“Qie Guo Pavilion (Ignorance is Bliss Pavilion) Space” , a single one of the old building reconstruction, follows the principle of the new landmark of local humanities, the historical features and traces of the old buildings have been preserved to the maximum extent, to get in touch with the wind, flowers, tea, clouds and dust from the five human senses, such as hear, smell, taste, see and understand, Bring people a kind of spiritual enjoyment, as if they were in a paradise; The material characteristics of tea space are difficult to sustain and rich in poetry. On the wall of the white building, there are modern glass boxes and horizontal note windows, which have a lasting appeal after being transformed.
▼顶视图，top view ©ELTON STUDIO朱恩龙
▼项目外观，立面上设有一字条窗，external view of the project with ribbon windows on the facade ©ELTON STUDIO朱恩龙
A hollow glass box was cut on the white wall, which functions are to enjoy the fragrance of tea on the balcony, and to give a panoramic view of the outdoor scenery for online celebrity. Each time period is very beautiful and integrates with the changes of the seasons; the Tea-Tasting Reception Area and Teahouse on the 1st floor are also subtly extended to the depths, with the ripples and reflections of the People’s River outside reflecting the interior so as to make it brighter.
▼突出的玻璃盒子与室外平台，extruding glass box and outdoor platform ©ELTON STUDIO朱恩龙
▼玻璃盒子茶室，tearoom in glass box ©ELTON STUDIO朱恩龙
▼玻璃茶室内部，可以享受全景景观，interior of the glass tearoom with panoramic view ©ELTON STUDIO朱恩龙
Since this single old building is located by the river, the panorama is not only optimized in terms of ventilation, but also in terms of orientation. The design of the entrance of the tea room on the 1st floor is very unique, because the irregularly-shaped inclined black steel plate is cleverly inserted into the wall, which adds some fun to the way into it. The simplicity and otherworldliness of the Teahouse make it a place away from the disturbances of the outside, and only here can people be peacefully indulged in the enjoyment of beauty.
▼分解轴测图，exploded axonometric ©DCDSAA淀川建筑事务所
▼入口，黑色钢板置入墙体，entrance, black steel plate inserted into the wall ©ELTON STUDIO朱恩龙
All the tables of the teahouses on the 1st floor are made of the old wooden door of the warehouse retained by the old building. Meanwhile, the historical traces of the warehouse are also preserved. A window has also been chiseled into the west wall to maximize the view and the overlapping of light and shadow to complement each other. The building has plenty of natural light and shadows from the wind and water, and the built-in glass structure dances with the sun in the morning as the temperature rises.
▼多功能茶台，multifunctional tea table ©ELTON STUDIO朱恩龙
▼一层茶室，tearoom on the first floor ©ELTON STUDIO朱恩龙
▼条窗框出室外景色，framed view through the ribbon window ©ELTON STUDIO朱恩龙
In 2nd floor , there are many horizontal windows and diagonally cut structures, which are also for introducing natural light and promoting ventilation. A large number of elements, such as sunlight, can illuminate the small windows on the strongest side walls and the inclined ceiling, which helps the air flow. The staircase leads up to the wall of the People River on the 1st floor, and the staircase platform has been transformed into a storage space and pool. The most amazing thing is that even on the stairs, you can feel the circulation of air.
▼通往二层的楼梯，与洗手池和服务台整合在一起，staircase integrated with the washing basin and the counter ©ELTON STUDIO朱恩龙
▼二层空间，space on the second floor ©ELTON STUDIO朱恩龙
▼可以感受到空气流动的空间，space where people can feel the circulation of air ©ELTON STUDIO朱恩龙
Each room on the second floor is called a “Wai Suo” (Teahouse), which is separated by rows of wooden screens. As an independent building, the teahouse is composed of the teahouse itself, water system, landscape and site. Designer Wang Hao hopes to create such an artistic conception: just waking up from a dream in the morning, the soul is still wandering in the no-ego situation, bathing in the light of the faint tipsy in the half dream, looking forward to the elusive freedom.
▼“围所”茶室，“Wei Suo” tearoom ©ELTON STUDIO朱恩龙
The building designed by DCDSAA Dianchuan Architects is a panoramic teahouse integrating creativity and modernity. The diversity of indoors matches with the outdoor landscape, and the light and shadow change in every time period, creating a pleasant landscape.
▼茶室细部，条窗创造令人愉悦的框景，details of the tearoom, ribbon windows creating pleasant framed views ©ELTON STUDIO朱恩龙
For the teahouse, the concept of tea space embodies the spiritual connotation of metaphysics, and then becomes a practice of the art of life, a worship of purity and elegance, and a spiritual ritual created by absolute sacredness. In the harmonious and quiet space, the teahouse is like an oasis, where every leaf is so simple and natural, allowing tired people and tourists to gather here and enjoy the beauty of art while drinking tea.
▼总平面图，site plan ©DCDSAA淀川建筑事务所
▼一层平面图，first floor plan ©DCDSAA淀川建筑事务所
▼二层平面图，second floor plan ©DCDSAA淀川建筑事务所
Name: Renovation of “Tea Room Floating by the River” by Warehouses on Clouds
Location: China · Shanghai · Granary on Clouds
Area: 300 ㎡
Type of Project: building/renovation/interior
Project Owner: Qie Guo Pavilion (Ignorance is Bliss Pavilion)
Design company: DCDSAA Dianchuan Architecture Office
Presiding Architect: Wang Hao
Design Team: Yuan Zhengliang, Tang Chao, Yan Bingkun
Date of Design: November 2020
Date of Completion: February 2021
Main Materials: stainless steel metal, steel plate, ultra-white glass, wood veneer, plain cement and texture paint
Project Photography: ELTON STUDIO Zhu Enlong