archiplein folds tianzhoushan tea house into mountain in china
archiplein folds tianzhoushan tea house into mountain in china archiplein folds tianzhoushan tea house into mountain in china
oct 30, 2013

archiplein folds tianzhoushan tea house into mountain in china

archiplein folds tianzhoushan tea house into chinese mountain
all images courtesy of archiplein




based on traditional chinese paintings, where nature flows seamlessly within the composition, the ‘tianzhoushan tea house’ by chinese studio archiplein has a strong relationship with the surrounding environment. the project is located in anhui province, in one of the five sacred taoist mountains of china and the main influence for the design was its integration into this sacred context. the volume follows the general movement of the landscape, so that the architecture is not the main focus – instead a philosophy of ‘vanishing’ was developed, orchestrating the built form and the mountain as one. the bending form follows the topography of the land and is defined as a series of different faces, minimizing its size and overall visual impact.



view from the top of the mountain



the fragmented volume



entrance from the pedestrian path



the relationship between nature and the building



open space on the ground floor



circulation path



the atrium



the path gently slopes to connect the upper level



the balcony overlooking the atrium



the basement on the water’s edge



detail of textured concrete wall



project info:


architects: archiplein
location: anhui, china
year: 2009-2011
size: 1000m²
photograph: frédéric henriques



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  • Heavy-handed and depressing

    ACT says:
  • it looks rather like a prison. the acoustics must be awful!

    trimtab21 says:
  • tianzhu mountain not tianzhoushan 安徽省天柱山炼丹湖翡翠会所

    ar99a17 says:
  • It is a wonderful site. I appreciate the difficulty that construction must have presented.
    I looked at all of the concrete and the stone hillside next to it and thought that it will be a wonderful ruin some day far into the future.
    It is depressingly heavy. There is no reason, that I can think of, to want to construct a structure which seems, on the surface, to fly in the face of the wonderful and magical sensibilities of Chinese architecture.
    This is very sad.

    Ron Smith says:

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