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International Design Pioneer Award

Nanjing Tongrentang – Tea Shop of Le Shopkeeper

by XIWEN HU

Project Description


Nanjing Tongrentang, located in Gulou District, Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, is the only company in Nanjing that produces ancient traditional varieties with modern technology and has a long history. Its predecessor was the Beijing Tongrentang Kyoto Lejia Laopu Nanjing Branch, which opened in Nanjing in 1929. We have designed this project based on its brand characteristics and the long history of Nanjing.
We have designed the traditional Chinese medicine room and its extended Chinese health tea drinking area for this project separately. In the traditional Chinese medicine pharmacy area, we adhere to the concept of inheritance and shape the spatial form. Combining the history of the Republic of China in Nanjing, "blue bricks and green tiles" serve as the design language for the entire space, while incorporating the distinctive floral windows of the Republic of China to enhance the overall atmosphere and sense of history of the space. Set up and restore the functional areas of the old "Chinese medicine bucket" and "shopkeeper's desk" in the space, and combine modern design techniques to make the entire space more historically unique and heavy.
In the Chinese tea drinking area, we combine contemporary design elements to create a unique "medieval" style tea drinking area. The overall space has pure colors and simple materials. The overall water bar created in the form of bamboo enhances the Chinese style of the space.

XIWEN HU


Graduated from Nanjing University of Technology majoring in Environmental Art in 2005; Study tour at KLC College of Art, London, UK; 18 years of experience in interior design field; Worked for Golden Eagle Real Estate Company in charge of design management; Has many years of experience in IHG hotel design and large-scale comprehensive commercial design management; From 2008 to 2013, he worked for Vanke Real Estate and Gemdale Real Estate, responsible for interior design management. Started to start a business at the end of 2013, and jointly established Shanghai Aoshi Design Consulting Co., Ltd. Houxiang Interior Space Design (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. was established in 2018; Serving many real estate companies, including Vanke, Yanlord, Shimao, Gemdale, Country Garden, etc., providing them with creative design and soft decoration design services for interior spaces. In 2019, Leyi Cultural Platform Company was established, which involves art curation, art collection, NFT and other digital art creation, giving voice to domestic artists and promoting the use of cutting-edge artists' works in space design.

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