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YIN XI teahouse, Jing'an Temple

Prize(s) Winners in Interior Architectural Illumination
Company Vermilion Zhuo Design Group
Lead Designers Vera Chu
Other Designer's names Kuang Ming(Ray) Chou, Garvin Hung, Chia Huang Liao, Xudong Wang
Client Yinxi (Shanghai) Culture Communication Co., Ltd.
Photo Credits Jian Quan Wu
Completion Date 20th, Jun, 2023
Project Location Shanghai
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Entry Description

"YIN XI" teahouse offers the subtle essence of "hidden" tea culture in Shanghai's bustling life. It stands out with its diverse presence and differentiated spatial experiences, becoming a hallmark of the brand. The inherent "uniqueness" of the Jing'an Temple branch naturally becomes its connecting feature.

"Gold": At the Jing'an Temple, the auspiciousness of the golden apex shines brightly, with a golden radiance, as the lingering sunlight reflects hues reminiscent of the colour of the tea liquor.
"Sound": Springs pouring tea, gurgling as the liquid flows, resonating tranquillity.
"Water": Calm ripples reflecting light, merging the real with the imaginary.

Exploring the realm of "tea" and elevating its significance, whether through savouring its flavours or enjoying its brew, unveils a spectrum of depths and nuances. However, the rich currents of tea culture have run in our blood for millennia. Teahouses are profound symbols of China's historical trade prosperity, functioning as vibrant centres for entertainment, emotional connections, and business transactions.
"YIN XI" teahouse, the convergence of "gold," "sound," and "water", creates a secluded detachment, isolating the clamour and allowing one to experience the charm of "rippling" and "courtyard."
Sustainability Approach

1. Using high-efficiency LED lamps with over 100 lumens per watt, achieving higher brightness while using relatively low wattage.

2. In coordination with an overall dim lighting ambience in the design, we pre-calculate the appropriate parameters for the lighting fixtures and implement dimming only in the primary lighting circuit (without an intelligent dimming system but achieving lighting layers characteristic of smart dimming) for fine-tuning the final effect.

3. Dual-purpose lighting is employed, using specific materials' reflective properties. Some fixtures create the desired material effects and provide ambient lighting through the reflection of light and shadows in addition to their primary function.