——宋徽宗赵佶 《大观茶论》

“White tea is a kind of itself. It is different from ordinary tea. Its article explains the tea scriptures of Anji white tea. Its leaves are Yingshu, among the cliff forests, and they are born by chance. Although it is not caused by manpower, there are only four or five families, and only one person lives. Two plants.”

——Song Huizong Zhao Ji’s “Grand View Tea Theory”



“A Leaf” Between “Green Water and Green Mountains”



Anji Baicha Group is located in Anji County, Huzhou City, Zhejiang Province – the birthplace of the concept of “Golden Mountains and Silver Mountains are Green Mountains”. “One leaf enriches the common people”, Anji white tea is not only the first-class tea written in “The Classic of Tea” written by Lu Yu, the tea sage of the Tang Dynasty, but also the “white tea” pointed out by Song Huizong Zhao Ji, the tea emperor of the Song Dynasty. The “leaf” of tea does not seem conspicuous, it seems to be very light, which is not surprising, but it carries the thousand-year Chinese culture and benefits people’s livelihood.


As the full-scale designer of Anji Baicha Group’s flagship store and extended experience store, we are honored to encounter this land with the owner and participate in thinking about the design of two tea drinking spaces with completely different geographical and surrounding environments.


The flagship store of Anji Baicha Diepu is located in a street-side commercial environment with various formats, and the exterior facade design of the building conforms to the original site form. At the beginning of the design, how to realize the “dialogue between design and environment, space and local integration” as the starting point, use contemporary design language and elegant tea culture to rebuild a new tea drinking space that integrates tradition and modernity.



Water over tea, bloom, rebirth



In the fast-changing and noisy contemporary life, this piece of pure land carrying Anji white tea is particularly rare. It is a return to local culture and a new interpretation and interpretation of the contemporary era.


The space design is inspired by the terraced fields of the tea sea, transforming the undulating shape of the tea sea into a continuous undulating internal structure. Reproduce the local natural scenery, the space echoes with the ecology, walk in it, and experience a different “tea sea” stroll.


The form of the interior space on the first floor is guided by the display function, and various forms of display props are introduced to bring visitors a multicultural experience about white tea in an all-round way.


Integrating the group culture and various white tea product displays here, as a focused space to silently express white tea culture to visitors, the design adopts multiple display methods to output Anji’s white tea culture, allowing visitors to slow down and feel “this leaf” seriously step by step development.


The spiral staircase and the interlaced structural support of the blocks; through the vertical and horizontal interspersed contemporary lines, extend to the top of the space, creating visual tension for the space.


Climbing up the stairs, a piece of greenery comes into view, breaking the boundary of space.


The second floor provides a quiet and comfortable tea tasting space for experiencers. The teahouses located in the circular circulation line of the aisles on both sides are each a corner. Through the gaps in the door, the shimmering light and the shadows of plants and trees overlap each other, forming a scene of each other, with a profound artistic conception.


Bamboo shadows, swaying and silent, such a natural scene is especially rare. Facing the sun and the moon at dusk, the vegetation is lush and lush, and there is a movement and a silence, allowing the spirit to return to nature.



Exploring the “Village”



Anji Baicha Yucun Experience Store is located in Yuling, the northern slope of Tianmu Mountain. This is an important business card of the scientific thesis of the “Two Mountains” concept, and it is also a model of rural revitalization in China. The original intention of the design is to create a stable and peaceful tea tasting place, allowing visitors to experience the white tea culture here in an immersive way.


During the design process, following the structural pattern of the house itself, focusing on the display of white tea products, here will continue to write a new story of “one leaf enriches the people”, and the design hopes to convey the thinking of “tea” culture.


The tea and coffee connected to the courtyard have no complicated carved beams and painted buildings, no need for gorgeous colors, and the simplicity and purity of the space leave the protagonist of the tea room to the people, objects and scenery living here. The greenery outside the window and the breeze come in through the window, a cup of fragrant tea, living here, everything is hidden in the heart.


The linkage and dialogue between the tea room and the porch form a visual penetration. Rustic materials are constructed with contemporary techniques, introducing natural lighting into the interior of the space, and the seemingly absent leaves whirling in the ears, living indoors is like exploring the mountains.


Anji white tea continues to practice ecologically, and has become a vivid sample of the ecological civilization thought that green water and green mountains are golden mountains and silver mountains. Here will also become a new business card for contemporary tea drinks.










Project Information——

Project name:Anji Baicha Group Tea Drinking Space (Dipu Store & Yucun Store)

Project location:Anji, Huzhou, Zhejiang

Party A team:Anji Baicha

GroupProject Type:Commercial Tea

Construction area:460㎡&415㎡

Full Design Project:Slow Coral Design

Completion time:2023.03

Project photography:Ma Yigao