This Members-Only Tea House is Made of Plastic Blocks

By: Rebecca Byers - Jul 10, 2015
References: selectism
This dramatic plastic tea house is a perfectly executed combination of tradition and modernity. Designed by the renowned Kengo Kuma Architects, the Beijing tea house has a members-only policy and is almost entirely constructed from polyethylene, a plastic common in packaging.

The unusual material required a specific construction method and resulted in a dramatic interior and exterior. The members-only tea house lets in plenty of natural light due to the nature of the polyethylene blocks and is particularly simplistic in comparison to the surrounding Beijing architecture.

Located across from the historic Forbidden Palace, the ultramodern plastic tea house is a jarring vision of the future with a dramatic view to the past close by. Known for pushing the envelope in all of the projects, the Kengo Kuma team has truly taken things to the next level with this innovative structure.