ONE Teahouse

ONE Teahouse

Private Houses
No. 1 Tongxin Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai, China - Build completed in 2018
Zhigang Lu

ONE Teahouse

MINAX Architects as Architects

Drinking tea is one of the most featured activity which can fuse the functional requirements with the sense of ritual in Chinese life. In China, tea is considered as a belt that can fulfill spiritual communication between human and nature, it means that “a person stands among the woods and grass” in ancient Chinese. Tea is one symbol of Chinese Zen life, so a teahouse is not just a place for people to have tea, but also has some profound significance. We can gain the generosity of spirit in a confined space once we start to enjoying a cup of tea. 


At the beginning of the teahouse design, Zhigang Lu captured the concept of “wooden work” in the Chinese traditional wooden architecture, considered the factors of architecture, interior, and furniture together. Finally, it recreated in a completely new form.


999 wooden sticks arranged by an identical center in the rectangular room, and they are cut out of an oval space. In this case, every stick has its own different angle and length, and the available space has a clear outline. These sticks accomplish a gradual transition from the rectangular room (size: 3.8m*4.7m) to an oval activity space. The teahouse contains two geometry shapes and three different densities. All these designs display a great orderliness and refinement. When the sunlight is reflected from the cut surface of every stick, we will see a rhythmic change in different sizes of circles.


On one side of the room, a round window faces the urban road, while a square doorway is adjacent to a garden on the other side. That is because the designer was inspired by an old Chinese saying—“The circle has a tread of auto-rotating , and the square has a tread of stable”.The specificity of the space brings the people strong psychological hints. The theme of the teahouse is “ONE”. “ONE” and“RESTART” are two words of the space where we could reach a higher state of consciousness.


It took workers three months to renovate the house. In the teahouse, everyone will get spiritually reborn by tea.


Treat every piece of wood devoutly, inherit Chinese traditional culture diligently, that coincide with the slogan of MINAXDO —“A thought of kindness, all things are good.”And it is also the original intention to design and built “ONE Teahouse”.

Project team
Product Specifications
BrandCategoryProducts
MINAXDO“YI ZHANG” Tea Table
OppleLED Spot
Pilkington Italia S.p.A.Pilkington Italia S.p.A.Tempered Glass
Power DekorBamboo Floor
SEENDAOriented Strand Board
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