Alice’s Adventure in a Tea Hotel
My project evolved from an interest in the history of the tea trade in London, focusing on those who worked in the East India Docks during the 19th century. However, when considering a tea-themed event for the Silvertown site the project gravitated towards more whimsical references, such as the ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’; in Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. In the original story, Alice, having fallen through a rabbit hole, meets peculiar characters who tell atypical tales which defy the logic of rules that she is used to.
My proposal translates the journey of Alice into a hotel with the theme of tea. For my adaptation, Alice goes back to Wonderland and meets the same characters. However, here she discovers more about the exchange of tea and the eccentric tales of each character.
Each architectural space is linked to the 12 memorable scenes in the storybook, including a street which runs through the center of the hotel. Here, is where the craftsmen and women from the pottery workshop and tea workshop, extend their artistry to the public to sell and buy, along with other traders who want to sell their products. At the end of the day, Alice is able to stay in a room and ponder the journeys traveled.