Flat panels on a multi-coloured wall slide, swing and roll out to create a secret tea shop in a São Paulo shopping centre (+ slideshow).
Designed by Brazilian architect Alan Chu, the counter of The Gourmet Tea slides forward from beneath a purple hatch, while shelves can be wheeled out from behind a grey panel and a cupboard emerges from behind a large brown door.
Even the sign for the shop is concealed behind a hinged flap.
Other tea shops we've featured on Dezeen include one where the image of a teapot perforates the walls and one filled with stacked wooden cubes.
Photography is by Djan Chu.
Here's a little more information from Alan Chu:
The Gourmet Tea This is the third store made by Brazilian architect Alan Chu for local tea brand "The Gourmet Tea".
As on the earlier stores, the design was inspired by the brand's bright packing for its range of 35 organic tea blends, but on each new project new light is given to the use of color.
The colorful plywood box opens in many ways to the public creating a dynamic, joyful atmosphere around it self using design as a tool to provide the right brand experience.
Location: São Paulo, Brasil Area: 25,00m2
Project : 2011 Construction: 2012
Architecture: Alan Chu Team: Thiago Moretti
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