Shanghai and Taipei architecture studio Waterfrom Design has designed a tranquil teahouse partially concealed below ground floor in the bustling city of Xiamen, China. A place to enjoy the simple pleasure of tea, the multipurpose building strikes for its simplicity and minimal contemporary design.
Tea is not only an important tradition but the very essence of old Xiamen culture; drinking it is considered a gesture of soothing your mind and freeing your spirit. To achieve this sense of liberation and reflect the narrative of the teahouse, the interior embraces a simple design language, devoid of excessive decorations, impeccably demonstrating that less is more. Warm natural elements including copper, fir wood, stone, and rattan, are incorporated throughout the spaces, together creating a distinctive tranquil ambience. Glass windows bring abundant natural light into the minimal interior, complementing the soft spatial atmosphere. The result is an intimate space for tea-lovers and villagers to enjoy—a space for dialogues, for people to come together and build relationships around the pleasure of tea.