tea house

Tea House – Challenge to design a cafe for tea lovers

Submission:  January 18, 2022
Registration: January 17, 2022
Language: English
Location: England, United Kingdom
Prizes: $24000
Type: Open Competition


This challenge aims to create a tea house that will act as a café where a variety of tea will be served to the people who love to savor it. Creating a space that will bring the tea lovers together in a cozy and warm cafe that offers the luxury and space to spend time with their favorite beverage. Space like this is meant to create a kind of environment that will offer people to experience the tea-savoring process through a variety of senses and will have a space to catch up with their friends and others.

ver a cuppa tea
“Tea … is a religion of the art of life.” – Kakuzo Okakura

Beverages are one of the major attractions to people irrespective of their age, ethnicity, or gender, they hold a very important place in the culinary and food industry. The quality, variety, and innovative methods are changed and recreated with passing time in beverage production. But what remains is its love by people all around the globe.

Tea has transcended beyond it being a favorite drink. That is quite evident from the huge statistics of tea drinkers around the world. About 297 billion liters of tea are drunk all around the world. Making itself the second most drunk beverage after water, and it makes itself top in most people’s favorite lists. Sometimes it’s the ice, lemon, sugar, or milk; combined however one prefers. But still adored by all. There is hardly any specific occasion for which tea couldn’t be served. It can be drunk anywhere and anytime with anyone you like. Something which makes it a magical potion that can influence people worldwide.

Design Objectives

Concept: Explore how the tea savoring experience can be innovated through various architectural interventions. Change the narrative and understanding of tea houses completely.

Connect: This tea house design is expected to evoke a feeling of comfort and warmth which would ensure the attraction of the people to this place.

Engage: Study and try to create a kind of environment that will help aid the experience through different senses and use them for the people’s disposal.

Context: The design must respond to the (existing) site conditions. The wider socio-cultural, economic and environmental settings are to be considered in the design approach.

The following objectives can be a point of beginning to conceive this design. Participants can free to form their programmatic outline according to the user group.


Winner 6000$
Runner – Up – 1400$ x 6
People’s Choice – 600$ x 4
Honorable Mention – 600$ x 12

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