This sala was designed and built for a Chinese client who is a specialist in Chinese teas. He was looking for a space in his garden that provided a serene and reflective atmosphere to make and drink tea for his friends and customers. Therefore we designed the Tea Sala with bamboo arches to create a small dome that provided privacy from the main house and walkways and opened up to the playful water features on the other side still providing easy and convenient access from the house for the family and friends and from the main entrance for clients.
The challenge was to provide a big enough space for the client to hold lectures and seminars about tea in a very small space without making the sala too dominant. As you will see the Tea Sala feels quite big from the inside but nestles well into the small space and integrates well with the existing plants and trees.