Several abandoned quarries from 1970s-1980s are converted into landscape nodes of a public natural park, into which people have free entrance. The teahouse is located in one of them.
The cliff that formed after quarrying, is well remained as the most unique character of the site, along with the surrounding forest. The building is situated on the southwest corner of the site, which is in relatively flat terrain. Taking advantages of the height difference of site, the roof, which turns into the public terrace for cliff viewing, is connected with the site by a ramp. The teahouse space underneath is defined by volumes made of rubble. Concealing the structure, the six volumes provide a column-free space and each of them functions as storage, restroom or chamber. The zigzagging profile of the building is generated from the natural shape of site, and the two courtyards for steering clear of the trees on site are inserted in the rubble volumes and the roof. When the sliding doors are open and hided in chambers, the boundary between interior and exterior disappears so as to make the building integrated into the rock and trees.
The steel structure and the shallow foundation can minimize the influence to the site. The walls will be masoned with the rubble from the quarry, having an unaffected conversation with the site. The natural texture of material, the corten steel plate on roof and the wood doors, makes a harmony between the building and the environment.
Client: Weihai Bureau of Landscape and Forestry
Location: Weihai, Shandong, China
Program: teahouse, viewing deck
Architects: Trace Architecture Office (TAO)
Principal architect: HUA Li
Design team: HUA Li, Jiang Nan, Liang Wenyu, Lai Erxun, Bai Ting
Lighting consultant: Yuanzhan Lighting
Floor area: 141 sq. m.
Structural system: steel structure
Photographs: HUA Li