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Modern Chinese Tea House Is an Elegant Oasis That Merges Past and Present

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The architects of Atelier Deshaus have transformed a small, unusable space between office buildings in Shanghai into a tranquil oasis. Their modern Chinese tea house is tiny, at just 130 square feet, but feels spacious due to clever design choices.

Located in a small garden with a paulownia tree as the focal point, the tea house spruces up a dead space between the stairwells of adjoining offices. By placing the structure strategically, it gives purpose to the space without invading it.

Large open windows grant a vista onto the garden and the impressive paulownia, which stands sculpturally in a central location. The clean lines and minimal design are a modern twist on classic tea house architecture.

Through their ingenuity, the firm has created a tranquil oasis, rendering the shabby garden into an area perfect for a tea break.

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h/t: [Archdaily]

All images via Tian Fangfang.

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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