If Tea Could Talk
After pandemic, people’s mental health and lifestyle are facing huge challenges. They feel anxious and under huge pressure Therefore, a well-being hub was appealed by students in University of Liverpool. This well-being center will use the spirit of tea – ‘Harmony Respect, Purity and Tranquillity’ to cleanse people’s thoughts of the mundane, undergoing an experience that is almost spiritual in nature. It also promotes positive socializing by hosting tea events and taking hot spring as groups to break down the barrier between students. If tea could talk, it would tell people that life is still beautiful, the world is beautiful.
|The project is a remodeling project. The site is EE building in University of Liverpool, which opposites to Victoria’s Museum. The design concept is using the nature of tea ceremony not only to provide people a social space after COVID-19 but also show respect to the opposite landmark – Victoria Museum in a modest way. Additionally,|
although the site building is not a historical heritage, such old architecture is still precious, since it records the trace of history of Liverpool. Therefore, a part of existing facade will be kept, and to add a layer of translucency on it to show respect to the original building itself.
The project uses a narrative to show the emotions and spacial experience changes of students, which reflects that through the tea ritual and the spacial ritual of the building, people would gradually open their mind to others (just like ‘satori’ in tea ritual).
In the end of the project, I created an a good sitopia artwork for people, which makes a contrast with the Bad Sitopia in the beginning. In this good Sitopia world, many tiny people in every corner work with their mates to rebuild the decaying world of architecture. The protagonist girl smiles as she realizing that the world is still beautiful and people will never lose hope.
This project really pushed me to think about what we architects could do for human’s mental health after pandemic. I believe this type of project will gradually emerge in our society. Therefore, I see this project as a lens that we architects can use phenomenology to create different spacial experiences and emotions for human’s well-being.