Linehouse adds elevated tearooms in a warehouse for Tingtai Teahouse in Shanghai - architecture and design

Linehouse adds elevated tearooms in a warehouse for Tingtai Teahouse in Shanghai



Huge elevated boxes creates private tearooms inside this cafe in a Shanghai warehouse, designed by locally based studio Linehouse.
Tingtai Teahouse is situated inside an old factory space in Shanghai's Moganshan Road arts district, which was abandoned and inhabited by artists for almost two decades.

The new box rooms create a degree of seclusion in the vast space.
The lower level teahouses are designed with a low, glass horizon that provides privacy at eye level, whereas the three elevated tea houses are fully glazed.
Beneath them is a multi-level landscape of green terrazzo.

"The main focus of the design was creating the private rooms for groups of friends but then playing with different levels of privacy," said Linehouse founder Alex Mok. "The three elevated teahouse are fully glazed, giving guests a more voyeuristic experience. Three of the rooms at the back of the space are fully enclosed."

When Linehouse started the project, the building interior had a white dropped-ceiling and white plaster walls. The low ceiling was also lined with old air-conditioning units.
The designers decided to strip the space of these additions and return it to its original, industrial form.

"We proposed to strip the space completely to reveal the beautiful patina of the original factory space; concrete beams and columns, brick walls and ceiling," said Mok.
"The boxes were inserted to float in the space and openings placed within the teahouse c...
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