Thé Stay Capsule
The Stay is the first 24-hour airport hotel in Taiwan, located in Terminal 2 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. It adopts a hostel format to maximize resting area within limited spaces. Situated right next to the Dadaocheng district replica in the airport, the design is inspired by the tea industry. Thé is “tea” in French, and the phonetic pronunciation in Taiwanese. From spatial design to accommodation experiences, tea culture is included.
Basic tone and color are both from tea. We use wooden texture, lines, shapes, and materials as design inspirations, and transform winding lines in tea farms into grids and matrixes. Each unit space is inspired by teahouse ridges, and each room is named after tea-making processes or tea names. Marks are decorated with tea ceremony tools. The front gate façade uses curved lines to create a shrinking entrance. It is inspired by Japanese tea master Sen-no-Riky?. By going through small and narrow tearoom entrance, he stays humble to the tea ceremony. As the entrance is only shrunk visually, glasses are added to the woven rattan façade to ensure privacy and fireproof feature. We continue to balance between aesthetic value and practical purposes.