KOU-AN Glass-Tea House

KOU-AN Glass-Tea House

Concepteur
Tokujin Yoshioka Design
Lieu
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Année du projet
2015
Catégorie
Maisons privées
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KOU-AN Glass-Tea House

Tokujin Yoshioka Design en tant que Concepteurs.

" Tracing the origin of cultures peculiar to Japanese by reinterpreting the culture of tea ceremony "


Japanese conception of nature is often characterized by its distinctive spacial perception involves the sensory realization of the surrounding atmosphere through what may be described as signs of energies or aura. Such way of sensual appreciation of nature's intrinsic and beauties can be recognized in Japanese tea ceremony practice.


This project originates in the architecture plan of the Transparent Japanese House, first presented in 2002. The idea has been developed into a transparent teahouse, an architectural project incorporating a symbolic Japanese cultural image. The design of the project was presented at Glasstress 2011, the collateral event of the 54th La Biennale di Vennezia. In the spring 2015, after 5years from the presentation of the design, “ KOU-AN-Glass Teahouse ” is finally unveiled at the stage of Seiryu-den which is in a precinct of Tendai Sect Shoren-in Temple designated as one of National treasures in Japan. This will be the first time that the completed full-scale work of " KOU-AN " is exhibited in the world. Originally, the culture of Tea Ceremony was generated in the closed microcosmic space.


This " KOU-AN Glass Tea House " is not just a modernized teahouse that was evolved from traditional style teahouse but a project that traces origin of the culture which is peculiar to Japan. " KOU - AN " does not have a scroll nor flowers that all the traditional tea houses have. However, glitters that reminds of ripples on surface of water spreads out on the floor. Also, at some point in the afternoon, there will be a rainbow light that is sunlight coming through a prism glass on the roof and it seems like a flower of light. Tokujin came up with the idea of tracing the origin of Japanese culture that exists in our unconscious sensation by perceiving the time that is created along with nature from the teahouse which is microcosmic space and by being released by superficial designs integrating with nature.


In A.D.794, A Japanese emperor at the time visited Shogunzuka and he was convinced that Kyoto would be a right place to be a capital of Japan and started constructing the capital. Thus, Shogunzuka in a precinct of Shoren-in temple in Kyoto is a place where the city of Kyoto which symbolizes Japanese cultures. From Kyoto to all over the world, Tokujin is hoping to provide people new experiences through the project and by producing works that make us think of the origin of Japanese culture.


■ Process until the realization of this project The design of the project was presented at Glasstress 2011, the collateral event of the 54th La Biennale di Vennezia. In the spring 2015, after 5years from the presentation of the design, complete full-scale of “ KOU-AN-Glass Teahouse ” is finally unveiled at the stage of Seiryu-den which is in a precinct of Tendai Sect Shoren-in Temple designated as one of National treasures in Japan. I have started pondering on Japanese culture, philosophy, and what the sensation and sensibility which are peculiar to Japanese that are also rooted in my own unconsciously. Since then, I have attempted to create the opportunity that enable us to trace the origin of the Japanese characteristic sensibility that is to see the mystery in the nature and the Japanese culture which was generated by such sensibilities.


■ Constructing a tea house with transparent glass Originally, the culture of Tea Ceremony has been generated in the microcosmic space which is closed. What I would like to attempt through this project is to question and trace why the tea ceremony which is one of the Japanese symbolic culture has been generated. KOU - AN does not have a scroll nor flowers which are important elements for traditional tea houses. This is not just a modernized teahouse that was evolved from traditional style teahouse but a project that traces origin of the culture which is peculiar to Japan. What I consider the most important is to design the time created along with nature. To design " the time ", our sensations need to be released by superficial designs, to integrate with nature and to sense the light itself. The floor which is made of a mass of glass gives off sparkles which remind us of ripples on surface of water. Also, at some point in the afternoon, there will be rainbow lights which is sunlights coming through a prism glass on the roof and it seems like a flower of light that decorates the tea house. By making a teahouse with the transparent glass, I would like to offer an opportunity where people can sense the essence of Japanese culture starting with tea ceremony.


■ From the Tendai-sect Shoren-in temple, Kyoto to the world While traveling many places around the world, I have been considering where can be the right place for the venue of KOU-AN. Usually, Where teahouses should be built on is a place like Japanese garden with a traditional landscape. 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. In A.D.794, a Japanese emperor at the time visited Shogunzuka and he was convinced that Kyoto would be a right place to be a capital of Japan and started constructing the capital. Thus, Shogunzuka in a precinct of Shoren-in temple in Kyoto is a place where the city of Kyoto which symbolizes Japanese cultures. I have determined to transmit the concept of this project to the world, starting out from such a symbolic and historical city in Japan. I am now planning a traveling exhibition all over the world with the aim of providing people new experiences through the project and by producing works that make us think of origins of Japanese culture.


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