CHOUI FONG TEA CAFE

Prize Winner in Architectural Design / Hospitality Architecture
Firm LocationBangkok, Thailand
CompanyIdin Architects
Lead DesignerJeravej Hongsakul
Design TeamRubporn Sukatup, Eakaluk Sirijariyawat, Supachai Phiromrach, Jureerat Korvanichakul, Sarin Rangsikanbhum

Choui Fong Tea Café is located in Choui Fong tea plantation where is covering with a number of huge hills. Instead of locating the tea café on the hilltop, the architect decided to lay the buildings hidden in the hill but outreach to take the view of plantation.Here at the rooftop, in addition to the natural atmosphere of the plantation, the visitors can do observe the farmers’ activity, tea leaves ‘hand pick’ harvesting during the day. The main building is composed of three buildings; they are floated and outreached from different viewpoints. The functional areas included dining zone, café, teashop, and toilets.The structure is challenged point, we can see they are floating when we look at them from the foot hill and only one pile appears to bear the entire building. The retaining wall at the back is set into a distance of the building to create an extra space for the green courtyard to provide shade and shadow in this area. There is another separated building of toilets for visitors at the parking lot. Same as with the main building, this toilet building is also hidden under the hill and also composed with stone and green courtyard for shady.