Ren i Tang retains the main characteristics of South-East Asian Shophouse where core structures such as air wells, corridor ways, five foot walkways, wooden staircase and Chinese roof tiles have been retained , restored and reinstated. The original main entrance into Ren i Tang which had been sealed for decades, was uncovered during the restoration process. Rooms too are built into the original space of the Shophouse, and because of this, all Ren i Tang rooms are unique…several rooms encompass the air well area as their main feature; another with balcony space overlooking the courtyard (which used to be a herb cooking room); others with loft space that is inspired by how the roof space was originally used for storage.
We take great pride that recycled wood has been used throughout the restoration of Ren i Tang. During the restoration process, we scoured scrap and timber yards in the Northern Territories for old timber to replace roof trusses, beams, wooden floors etc. Most furniture including chairs, beds, cupboards and sofas were either left behind by the previous tenant or handmade by our carpenters from old hardwood found within the building.