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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
14/03/2019

Trace Architecture Office, Xinzhai Coffee Manor in Bawan (China)

 
Headed by Hua Li, the Beijing firm Trace Architecture Office (TAO) has transformed, renovated, and enlarged a complex of buildings that house a coffee processing plant and a hotel in China’s Yunnan Province, known for its coffee trees. The brick constructions of local tradition include vaults, such as those on ground level which are used for storing coffee, having walls whose dimensions and thickness help keep the temperature and humidity constant. To connect the two existing buildings, TAO added two courtyards surrounded by covered galleries of concrete. In a further phase of the renovation, an abandoned cinema built in the 1980s will be turned into a coffee museum.
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