trace architecture office (TAO) has constructed a teahouse inside an abandoned quarry in china’s shandong province. situated near the city of weihai, the building is set within a trench formed by the excavation of local resources. positioned at the flatter south-western part of the site, the architecture features a solid stone structure topped with a weathering steel roof terrace. the canopy takes advantage of the plot’s elevation changes to cast views out across the surrounding landscape.
TAO’s design comprises a series of volumes made from rough stone that was excavated directly from the site. these six rooms define the basic spatial structure of the teahouse, with each area containing a different function — from restrooms to storage areas. in warmer seasons, large sliding doors can be retracted, removing the boundary between internal and external space.
the building’s zigzagging profile was generated as a result of the site’s natural shape, with two internal courtyards positioned to accommodate existing trees — allowing them to coexist with the structure. accessible via a ramp, the texture of the corten roof terrace seeks to blend with the surrounding topography, forming an unobtrusive presence amid the former quarry.
name: tashan park rockcave teahouse, weihai
client: weihai bureau of landscape and forestry
location: weihai, shandong, china
architects: trace architecture office (TAO)
principal architect: hua li
design team: hua li, jiang nan, liang wenyu, lai erxun, bai ting
lighting consultant: yuanzhan lighting
floor area: 141 sqm / 1,518 sqf
structural system: steel structure
photography: hua li