The shop called Tea Mountain, recently opened in Prague and it is a work of A1 Architects. The shop brings a new experience how to enjoy the tea, next to contemporary style of serving it is also traditional gustation of high quality tea imported from Japan, South Korea, India, Taiwan or China. One of the main issues of A1 Architects and the owners discussion was how to present the tea in its best to wider audience in a delicate yet friendly manner.
From the Architects:
The seating and drinking happens under the dark vault with its calm appearance and just next to it in bright earthy colours one could buy or watch the presentation of tea. The space of two original 19th century vaults is divided by gold-plated arch line situated almost in the centre of the shop.
The black plaster with added pieces of coal and straw creates an ambient atmosphere and it gets out the customer in his first step into another atmosphere out of the busy street. The following part of the shop is rather light to unable one to focus on details of the tea presentation.
The seating at the table in the black part is accompanied with charred columns with inbuilt gilt cavity which serves as a spot light and brings beautiful warm yellow light on the table.
The counter and display shelves are made out of ash wood with exceptional details like inbuilt limestone tea tray, rope handles or charred cover of the scale, all these small unique pieces could be rather seen in a second glance and await patient visitor.
Refined details and simple work of layering are the main features of the Tea Mountain shop design.
Project: Teamountain Teashop
Designed by A1 Architects
Authors: Lenka Křemenová, David Maštálka
Graphics: Toman Design
Builder: Atelier Mánes – Jakub Vávra
Crafts: Noren – Alžběta a Vít
Client: Teamountain – Martin Špimr
Location: Prague, Czech Republic