Distance affects the way of communication
Dr. Edward Hall, an American anthropologist who divides four different types of distances from interpersonal relationships, and the renowned socialist Erving Goffman defined “to meet” as “the constant mutual attention of people in public places.” Human beings are natural social animals and supposed to live in different sizes and types of groups, and the social group is constructed by the relationship, which is constituted by the relativity of the individual’s position. In this special structure, the individual activity will influence the whole structure, on the other hand the whole structure also affects and restricts the individual’s activity. In the social space, at the same time, the positions of similar individuals who share similar characters, interests and practical activities are also close. A small-scale space makes people feel close to each other, however a large-scale space has greater inclusiveness and possibility.
The ways of communication produced by different distances between people are respective, and the relationship between distance and human activities is also ubiquitous.
▼距离影响交往方式 Distance affects the way of communication
Exploring the Social Relationship in A New Age
In the traditional tea-drinking spaces, distributed seating provides a way for people to communicate privately. The Heytea DP123, as a series of presentations, takes aim at exploring the distances between people in reality for our new era and another way of “siting down.” In Heytea, one can relish his or her tea freely and privately, a couple is able to enjoy the romance of the only-us-two world , and a group of people can also rejoice together.
As a result, Heytea is not only a tea shop that satisfies your appetite, but also represents a new way of socializing in a space.
Heytea DP 1(Shenzhen Uniwalk) “Believe it, you will meet.”
In order to jump out of the closed box, one big table constituted by19 small tables with various sizes shortens the distances between different groups, providing them with the possibility of interaction.
Different ways of sitting, including sitting face to face, sitting oppositely and sitting around, appear in the same large space, making the privacy and the openness coexist, so that each consumer can gain a different sense of space every time they enter the store.
▼19张小桌拼接而成的大桌联系着每个顾客，带来多样化的社交活动 The big table that consists of 19 small tables connects everyone come to HEYTEA brings diverse social activities
▼将不同尺寸的小圆桌拼成一张大桌，人和人之间形成了新的距离，为人们的互动提供了可能 One big table constituted by small tables with various sizes shortens the distances between different groups, providing them with the possibility of interaction.
▼对坐、反坐、围坐，私密性与开放性共存 Sitting face to face, sitting oppositely and sitting around appear in the same large space, making the privacy and the openness coexist.
▼桌子之间的绿植营造自然的氛围，如置身于林中饮茶，若隐若现 The green plants interspersed between the tables create a natural atmosphere, enabling the customers to feel like relishing their teas in a looming forest.
▼店铺俯瞰图，Bird’s eye perspective
Heytea DP2 (Shenzhen UpperHills) “Streams in the Valley”
One of the most popular and elegant things for the ancient Chinese literati to do was to drink wine from a winding canal with one wine cup floating on it( which is called Qu Shui Liu Shang in Chinese.) According to the special spatial structure of the store, the designer tries to use a natural curve to connect different positions in the space, not only making full use of the space, but also creating various spacing between people. Customized streamlined table naturally spreads out from the inside and transfer into a “stream.” On both sides of this “creek in the valley”, more than 30 guests can be seated, with interspersed green plants and undulating ceiling just like the rippled water.
▼曲水流觞图：此地有崇山峻岭，茂林修竹，又有清流激湍，映带左右，引以为流觞曲水，列坐其次，虽无丝竹管弦之盛，一觞一咏，亦足以畅叙幽情 Qu Shui Liu Shang Painting( one of the most popular things to do for the ancient Chinese literati, which is drinking wine from a winding canal with one wine cup floating on it)
▼在有限的空间中打造现代“曲水流觞”社交空间 To create a modern interpretation of Qu Shui Liu Shang in a limited space.
▼山溪两侧可坐宾客30余人，绿意盎然的植物穿插其中，顶部起伏的水波纹隐隐荡漾 On both sides of this “creek in the valley”, more than 30 guests can be seated, with interspersed green plants and undulating ceiling just like the rippled water.
the designer uses a natural curve to connect different positions in the space, not only making full use of the space, but also creating various spacing between people.
Heytea DP3（Guangzhou Central Tower） “Beyond the mounts, and people beyond”
Beyond the Mounts is Heytea’s third store of the DP (Daydreamer Project) Series. Continued with the design concept of the previous two, the space is carried out experimentally in order to explore the way how people gather and scatter in the shop. Differing from the ordinary tea shops with seats spread out, the long tea table that goes through the whole space makes the aggregation of the customers possible.
Additionally, the structures that represent the layering hills in the cloud world, which is a classical scene in the Chinese traditional ink-and-wash paintings, upheave irregularly on the top of the table, and meanwhile, divide the tea drinkers into various sections functionally. Curved and mountain-like ceiling above,it seems like that customers are placed in the scenario created in the renowned ancient painting, Spring Mountain and Auspicious Pines, by Fu Mi of Song Dynasty: in the valleys teemed with cloud and mist and mountains shadowed by the greens, a sip of tea is taken on each seat.
▼长桌带来了多样化的社交活动，The long table brings diverse social activities.
▼桌面上起伏的山丘自然区隔了不同人群，如若层云叠嶂的东方意象 On the top of the table, the irregularly upheaving hill-like structures divide the tea drinkers into various sections functionally, which represents the classical image of endlessly rising peaks in the Chinese traditional culture.
▼贯穿整个空间的长桌把茶客们聚合起来，桌面上不规则隆起的山丘，在功能上区隔了不同组别的茶客 The long tea table that goes through the whole space makes the aggregation of the customers possible. The irregularly upheaving hill-like structures on the top of the table divide the tea drinkers into various sections functionally.
▼山形的白色弧形顶棚，如无垠穹顶笼罩四野 With the white, curved and mountain-like ceiling above, like the endless dome shrouding the vast fields.
▼桌面的山峰与天花的山丘在镜像后形成完整连续的层峦叠嶂，山外有山的东方意象 After being mirrored, the “hills” of the table and the ceiling form a complete succession of endlessly rising peaks- an oriental image of “mounts beyond mounts.”
建筑师: 晏俊杰 A.A.N建筑设计事务所
客户: 喜茶 HEYTEA