CITIC Zi Garden/Tangquan Tea Club
Using the ancient principle of Chinese culture, the Tangquan Tea Club uses
traditional Chinese materials and ancient architecture styles and techniques to
create a space owning the Zen soul, which show the perfect integration of the nature and human. Rough green slate and natural wood floors make a direct relation with
the exterior surroundings and create an environment of relaxation and simplicity.
The space includes three separate tearooms, a library and a lake that can be viewed
from all rooms.
Zen is one of ancient principles of culture. Tea, meanwhile, being a essential element of Chinese culture. They both have existed starting from the ancient time. The interior design was interpreted by Zen’s spirit and charm, in which aim to stress communication between humanity and nature instead of aspiring magnificence and braveness in order to develop a piece of refuge of souls. It emphasizes light color in the whole Tea Club. Rough green slates and naturally informed wood floors look thick and smooth, as if time full of traces. Explanation of Chinese beauty was made by a sort of unique pasture in the Tea Club.
The designer integrates modernism with oriental Zen to create a space for tea-tasting. By the theme of tea, the interior design focuses on sense of space. The tea Club was separated into hemi-transparent space by enormous wooden grids, which will takes a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. The simple horizontal and vertical lines, combined with pluralism and inclusion, make more space to image. Additionally, the elegant atmosphere and great space appears to the public.
One of the tea rooms on the first floor orienting towards the east whose wall was casted with floor-to-ceiling wooden windows.The lake scenery outside becomes a part of the tea room.This beauty looks just as though a super large dimensional ink painting. You can enjoy the lake views out of the windows in the meantime appreciating tea. The great poet Su Dongpo said ever,”Prefer to eat without meat,rather than live without bamboo.”Bamboo usually indicates elegance,nobility and modesty in Chinese culture.These excellent traits leave viewers associate with artistic conception by observing matters,leading to quiet and prestigious space.The other two tea rooms introduce external environment-natural scene-into the internal the same way as much as the first one. The topic of the Exhibition Hall on the second floor begins with recurrence and introspection.The designer chose Humanistic Zen filled with peace and simplicity as context through it.The huge and heavy wooden desk,in front of which the wall is used to project video, zooms at the centre. The library on the third floor highlights functionality and practicability.Silence,sufficiency of lighting and concentration are taken into consideration amid the construction.In order to achieve these effects properly,the designer arranged reasonably and regularly the interior settings with color,lighting and accessories.
Without extravagant decoration, the designer focus on the peace and development as well respect traditionalculture. The tea house just reserve the base elements, such as cherry,beech,vine,bamboo,etc.”What the designerwant to represent is picture like a club with simple pillar, ground, ceiling, decorated with bamboo-made curtain,couch,old-aged lanterns,orchid,poetry,calligraphy and drawing,etc. Such picture is also favored by great Poet Su Dongpo and expressed in his poetry. Here people will experience traditional culture in
heritaged for thousands of years
Especially the settlement of all paintings and calligraphies,it racked our brains and we searched and collected heritages relating to Su Dongpo as much as possible.We utilize technique of duplication to reproduce as much similar as those original masterpieces.Let millennium Dongpo Culture flow in space-time by furnishing duplicated prints both indoors and outdoors.Hereby,we could unveil the scene in which refined scholars led by Su Dongpo who got through entertaining lives gathered in the same period. Occupied with a collection of oriental tea urns,pots and containers,the whole space is integrated with spirit of tea.Simultaneously,there emerges all the function and artistic conception of the space.