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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
The Gourmet Tea is a tiny store in São Paulo 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  created the kinetic micro shop, which somewhat resembles a Mondrian 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.
Contained entirely within a 2.5 x 4.5 x 6 meter shell, The Gourmet Tea’s shop-in-a-box  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  feel.
The deft compactness  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 
Via The Urban Grocer 
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URLs in this post:
 São Paulo : http://inhabitat.com/olek-knits-a-massive-crocheted-alligator-playground-in-sao-paulo/
 Alan Chu: http://www.chuekato.arq.br/
 Mondrian : http://inhabitat.com/lego-style-shipping-container-skyscraper-inspired-by-mondrian/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/07/The-Gourmet-Tea-Shop-Alan-Chu-12.jpg
 shop-in-a-box: http://inhabitat.com/prefab-bar-made-from-tubs-lights-up-the-night/
 peek-a-boo: http://inhabitat.com/studio-200404-designs-a-modular-stop-and-shop-for-zerim-liftan-in-israel/
 deft compactness: http://inhabitat.com/incredible-transforming-lego-apartment-packs-4-rooms-into-1/
 The Urban Grocer: http://www.theurbangrocer.com/2012/07/24/pop-out-the-gourmet-tea-sao-paulo/
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