tea room by minax creates optical effects with lotus + bamboo

tea room by minax creates optical effects with lotus + bamboo


tea room by minax creates optical effects with lotus + bamboo
all images courtesy of minax

 

 

 

shanghai design studio minax has completed a project called ‘lotus & bamboo tea room’ for the 2014 china international aquilaria culture exposition & living space exhibition. the volume is composed of 500 bamboo pieces measuring six centimeters in diameter, which each have different heights. the organization of these vertical pipes follows the shape of an ellipsoid inside a cube. the shape is manipulated by spot lamps which fill the cut of stalks, so upon entry, visitors will find a substantial portion of the massing dissolved. thus, the remaining occupiable floor is negative space. 

minax lotus and bamboo tea room china
the empty ellipsoid

 

 

 

the name of the work follows the theme that furnishes the room. the heart is established by a long table called ‘qushui’ (meaning winding creek in chinese). on top, wooden lotus blooms are layered with water flowing through intricately carved canals, thus making the centerpiece come to life. the combination of bamboo, wood, light, and tea form a multi-dimensional sense of place.

minax lotus and bamboo tea room china
spot lamps fill the cuts of the bamboos 

minax lotus and bamboo tea room china
furnishings follow the theme of ‘lotus’

minax lotus and bamboo tea room china
incense inside the wooden lotus

minax lotus and bamboo tea room china
the tea table 

minax lotus and bamboo tea room china
(left) the lotus music player
(right) wooden lotus blooming on the tea table

minax lotus and bamboo tea room china
from one side of the tea room 

minax lotus and bamboo tea room china
a space in which you can meditate

minax lotus and bamboo tea room china
plan

 

 

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