HEYTEA LAB is an experimental space with multiple functions for multi-exploration of modern tea culture.
EDGE DESIGN wishes to create an immersive space that fits the urban spirit of Changsha and seek for a design habitat to combine both Eastern Zen and experiment pioneer.
Go (Weiqi) is the quintessence in China and the most presentative traditional culture.
No Go game has ever been played twice. On a Go board， each thoughtful move would bring changes to the game. Each game brings 361x types of possibilities. We go straight into the core of infinite possibilities and allow HEYTEA and its drinkers to define the LAB store. Every customer becomes a chance factor the moment they enter and together with HEYTEA， they explore the presentation of modern tea drink.
▲空间中的棋盘元素 The Go elements in the space
The stone is cut to match the orderly stainless steels in the space， so as to present the traits of a Go board.
As the tea drinkers walk up the stairs， the light beams and mirrors are creating a fictitious and realistic image along the spiral stairs. In the seating area， the concave and convex mirrors are mounted on the wall like stones on the Go board. When customers are drinking tea， they feel like in the vertically and horizontally adjacent stones， implying each tea taster is in the game.
▲饮茶区的镜面棋子 Mirror stones in the seating area
▲虚实相映的楼梯 Stairs in a fictitious and realistic comparison
Only clicking sounds of placing stones are heard in the tranquil flower garden while the shadow of sutra streamers is casted on its tall stone base.
Tea and Go are interpreted a lot in ancient poems. We try to restore the most authentic and affectionate memory of tea and Go in our life， so we introduce the tea and go scenarios in the yard back from our childhood into the space – pavilion in the trees， chatting and tea drinking， placing stones on the board， and let it all settle.
Granites and solid wood are greatly used to decorate the space so as to arouse the tea drinkers‘ memory of yard life. The polishing of the details reveals the simple and unadorned atmosphere.
▲二楼茶文化台 / 饮茶区 Culture station/tea drinking area on the 2nd floor
▲首层麻石造型吧台 Granite counter on the 1st floor
▲二层吧台 Counter on the 2nd floor
探索现代茶文化是喜茶发起的一道时代命题。在茶空间的呈现上，EDGE DESIGN 乐于发掘人与空间、传统与现代、解构与重现的链接点。茶客对空间的不同解读与思考，其中迸发出的灵感，是新式茶饮的可能性，也是构成现代茶文化的重要部分。
Exploring the modern tea culture is a proposition of time proposed by HEYTEA. To present this tea space， EDGE DESIGN is interested in developing the links between people and space， tradition and modernism， deconstruction and reconstruction. Tea drinkers’ different interpretation and thinking towards the space may inspire the possibilities of new tea drinking style， which is the crucial part of modern tea culture.
主材：麻石 / 乱纹拉丝不锈钢 / 木
Project Name： HEYTEA LAB at ChangSha
Design Company： EDGE DESIGN
Completion： July 2019
Location： ChangSha， China
Materials： Granite / Wire drawing stainless steel / Wood
Photography： Nie Xiaocong