Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka has unveiled a modern Japanese tea house made from glass in Seiryu-den, which is in a precinct of Tendai Sect Shoren-in Temple in Kyoto, Japan.
Developed from Yoshioka’s 2002 design for ‘Transparent Japanese House’, the design for the Kou-an Glass Tea House was originally presented at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011 and has now been realised for the first time in Japan.
Known for skillfully blending the disciplines of art, design and architecture in his works, Yoshioka choose to use glass for the Tea House as a way of blending the structure with its beautiful surroundings while showcasing the traditional Japanese ceremony to onlookers.
Echoing the design of a traditional tea house, the structure is equipped with a tea kettle and a nijiriguchi (a small entrance for a guest )
In addition, at a certain time in the day, when the sunlight shines through a prism of glass on the ceiling of the Tea House, colorful rays of light shine onto the floor.
‘Usually, Where teahouses should be built on is a place like Japanese garden with a traditional landscape,’ explains Yoshioka. ‘However, the element I have considered more importantly about the venue was if the place particularly has mysterious atmosphere and if we can sense the energy and integrate with the nature there. From that point, Seiryu-den was the right location.’