The value of design is not limited to “creating a phenomenal corner landscape”, but should have wisdom and skills to integrate the internal and external spaces into an organic whole, giving the “vitality” to the city. So a good design is no longer just a decoration or a component, but also an indispensable cell of the urban, should co-exist and prosper with the city.
项目位于杭州市西湖区武林路39号音乐街区，西子湖畔，毗邻海华。音乐街区是杭城最具特色的民国风商业街，生动还原了杭城的历史风貌：青砖黛瓦，古巷长街。TT TO THE THE TEA作为一家新式奶茶店，自喧闹中取静，自历史中图新，实现了潮流感、人文性与在地化的深度融合，让建筑完美根植于城市的发展肌理之中。
The project is located at 39th Wulin Road in West Lake district. It is a music street adjacent to the beautiful West Lake and Haihua. The music street is the most characteristic traditional commercial street of the Republic of China era in Hangzhou, which vividly restores the historical features of Hangzhou: gray bricks and black tiles, ancient alleys and long streets. TT TO THE THE TEA, as a new-style bubble tea store, keeps quiet moments in the noisy street, brings a new picture in the historic location, and realizes the in-depth integration of trend, humanity, and localization, allowing the building to be perfectly rooted in the development texture of the city.
The composition of the exterior facade is unique. It redefines the indoor and outdoor spaces through a transparent U-shaped glass, breaking the constraints of the wall in conventional spaces, and connecting the interior with the exterior. The designer creates a visual setback through the contraction of natural light and artificial light sources, allowing the indoor scene to have a sense of distance without isolation, which is intertwined with the street scene and also detached from the hustle and bustle.
The storefront look is from the “T” of the brand. The blue laminated tempered glass and metal channel steel generated a lightbox. The simple and bold shape highlights the brand’s character and identification, and also makes the brand Logo “TT TO THE THE TEA” stands out on the street. The unique design makes the artistic modeling perfectly fits in the original beam and column structure, allowing the design to be integrated into the frame of the original building.
“Painting the bridge and listening to the flute, listening to the rain in the pavilion” is the most poetic view of the West Lake. The storefront includes the concept of the poetic scene of “pavilion” and “bridge”. The ground is half of water and half of stone, with the aggregates of transparent glass fragments, gleaming like sparkling waves under natural light.
TT TO THE THE TEA主打茶类饮品，”茶”即为自然精粹，亦寄托文人之心。为了让山水人文、商业气息与城市记忆同频共振，设计者将自然意向压入城市的起居生活，以石为几为案，构建文人的生活方式。
TT TO THE THE TEA mainly provides tea beverages. “Tea” is the essence of nature and reveals the hearts of the literati. In order to make the landscape, humanities and commercial atmosphere resonate with the memory of the city at the same pace, the designer presses nature into the daily life of the city and uses the stone as the seat and table to construct the lifestyle of the traditional literati.
The glass exterior wall is wrapping the brick wall, so the traditional garden is built by modern elements. Dynamic and static, new and old, light and shadow are intertwined and collided, generating a huge visual tension. The ingenious cross-border mix and match perfectly integrate the beauty of the West Lake into modern urban life, and let the modern design diffuses the scent of ancient tea.
The indoor space is extremely limited. In addition to the operation and ordering area, it can also accommodate a sit waiting area. The space between the areas is divided by a leaning handrail. The handrail is based on the brand’s main visual logo “T”. The built-in universal wheels can roll with the sliding movement of the waist, providing an interesting way for standing people to wait.
The sitting and waiting area doesn’t have the conventional layout of tables and chairs, uses natural stone, and has an unsculpted shape like an island in a lake, which is uniquely wild. The interior walls have the same stone as the exterior facade, which not only creates a harmonious look and feeling, but also extends the view out to the street, so that the phoenix trees, the sunlight and the shadow of the lights, and the bustling people all become parts of the waiting area landscape. Show broad scenery in a limited field.
Different from the casual freehand brushwork of natural creations, the modern elements in the space are deliberately placed: the console, handles, and lighting are all made of fine and flat stainless steel, which contrasts sharply with the rough texture of natural stone bricks. In order to pursue the simplicity and beauty of the lighting, the designer customized the handle and metal components, and combined the lighting system with the structural system in a complex installation.
Ultra-white tempered glass is used around the space, and blue laminated tempered glass is used on the ceiling. The faint blue and the crystal texture of the ultra-white glass contrast with each other, creating an underwater world, and the whole field is like rising in the water. The bubble floats outside the wave of reality, and enjoys a peaceful world.
近年来，”老商业街改造”与”重塑历史风貌”项目于各城市相继展开，如何在拉动消费经济发展的同时留存城市的历史记忆成为城市规划与建设的难点和痛点。TT TO THE THE TEA项目的落成既保证了老街风格的整齐划一，又在青砖素瓦之间畅叙了品牌的态度和主张，让设计成为有机的生命体，在城市中扎根生长。
In recent years, the projects of “reconstruction of old commercial streets” and “remodeling of historical features” have been successively launched in various cities. How to preserve the historical memory of the city while stimulating the development of the consumer economy has become a difficult and painful point for urban planning and construction. The completion of the TT TO THE THE TEA project not only ensures the uniformity of the old street character, but also narrates the brand’s attitude between the gray bricks and black tiles, making the design an organic life that takes root and grows in the city.
项目名称：TT TO THE TEA商业街上的湖畔茶寮
项目设计 & 完成年份：设计：2021年3月 完成：2021年7月
主创及设计团队：主创：周俊凯JK 设计团队：张晓文 盛禹航
客户:TT TO THE TEA
Project name:TT TO THE TEA：Teahouse by the lake on the traditional commercial street
Design:JK DESIGN STUDIO
Design year & Completion Year:DESIGN： March 2021； COMPLETION: July 2021
Leader designer & Team:DESIGN LEADER: Junkai Zhou; DESIGN TEAM: Xiaowen Zhang, Yuhang Sheng
Project location:Music Street on 39th Wulin Road, West Lake district, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province
Gross Built Area (square meters):50㎡
Photo credits (needs to credit each):Xujun Lei
Construction ：Hangzhou Sesame Interior Construction
Clients：TT TO THE TEA
Brands / Products used in the project：Natural Stone; Old Gray Brick, blue laminated tempered glass, Stainless Steel Panel