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Alan Chu’s Gourmet Tea Shop in São Paulo Folds Out From the Wall

Posted By Andrew Michler On July 26, 2012 @ 11:32 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Urban design | No Comments

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The Gourmet Tea is a tiny store in São Paulo [1]which offers a world of flavors in a shop that unfolds onto the street from a compact cube. Drawing inspiration from the tea company’s colorful product packaging, architect Alan Chu [2] created the kinetic micro shop, which somewhat resembles a Mondrian [3]painting when closed (folded) up. When open, the shop is a modest but playful place to explore the leafy goodness. Chu even managed to place a small bistro behind the counter.

tea shop, green store, min store, pop up store, micro store, shop in a box [4]

Contained entirely within a 2.5 x 4.5 x 6 meter shell, The Gourmet Tea’s shop-in-a-box [5] may be the coolest tea cabinet we’ve seen. Behind the colorful exterior, a central hinged panel swings up to reveal the counter. The L-shaped serving space rolls out to define the area. Shelves to the left swing out while a presentation unit to the right rolls into the street to grab the attention of passers-by. Even the sign is hidden behind a panel, completing the shop’speek-a-boo [6] feel.

The deft compactness [7] is more than skin deep. Behind the roll-out counter a prep area is created—room enough for a couple of employees to prepare orders and make espressos. Above, a stock closet is accessible by ladder, making full use of every nook and cranny of the space.

+ Alan Chu [2]

Via The Urban Grocer [8]


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[1] São Paulo : http://inhabitat.com/olek-knits-a-massive-crocheted-alligator-playground-in-sao-paulo/

[2] Alan Chu: http://www.chuekato.arq.br/

[3] Mondrian : http://inhabitat.com/lego-style-shipping-container-skyscraper-inspired-by-mondrian/

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/07/The-Gourmet-Tea-Shop-Alan-Chu-12.jpg

[5] shop-in-a-box: http://inhabitat.com/prefab-bar-made-from-tubs-lights-up-the-night/

[6] peek-a-boo: http://inhabitat.com/studio-200404-designs-a-modular-stop-and-shop-for-zerim-liftan-in-israel/

[7] deft compactness: http://inhabitat.com/incredible-transforming-lego-apartment-packs-4-rooms-into-1/

[8] The Urban Grocer: http://www.theurbangrocer.com/2012/07/24/pop-out-the-gourmet-tea-sao-paulo/

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