The Japanese Teahouse – cha-shitsu

Terunobu Fujimori’s teahouse on stilts – which we wrote previously about – made us want to explore some more interesting teahouses.  The Japanese teahouse – or ‘cha-shitsu’ (tea hut) is designed with the intention of creating a place for you to leave the world behind – a place of total calm and ultimate relaxation.  As most things Japanese, there are very specific instructions and rules to parts of the teahouse which relate as well to the Japanese tea ceremony.  We’ll write about this in more detail at a later time.  What we managed to dig up on pure design and aesthetics are three fascinating interpreations of the Japanese teahouse.  The fundamentals of all three examples adhere to the rules set out – but the design itself are all amazingly unque.  We would take an invitation for tea at any of these fabulous places!

The first is located in Prague – the architect is David Mastalka.

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the meditation rooms

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The next teahouse is in Osaka and is designed by Hiroaki Kimura – a much more industrial design using sheet metal.

The third is the most unconventional one we’ve seen.  It was a temporary installation by architect Kengo Kuma for the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt.


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