Photographer: © Kuniharu Uchida

KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka Design | Installations ×

Photographer: © Kuniharu Uchida

KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka Design | Installations ×

Photographer: Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka

KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka Design | Installations ×

The concept of “Glass Tea House - KOU-AN” was presented at the Glasstress 2011, the collateral event of the 54th La Biennale di Venezia. In 2015, the teahouse was first unveiled at the stage of Seiryu-den which is in a precinct of Tendai Sect Shoren-in, Kyoto.

Japanese concept of nature, which perceive energies, is embedded in the culture of tea ceremony. “Glass Tea House - KOU-AN” is not merely a modernized tea house, but an art project that traces the origin of Japanese culture.

This glass-made architecture of light does not have a single tatami, scroll nor flower that are supposed to be provided in traditional tea house. Instead, the floor is dressed with sparkle reminiscent of water ripples, and reflections of sunlight within a prism project a rainbow. Integrated with nature and released from materialistic concept, this architecture of light illuminates poetic scenes.

The teahouse is planned to travel to Saga prefecture and be exhibited at the Saga Prefectural Art Museum from November 28th, 2018. The teahouse is also going to be seen in Tokyo in 2019.

We are pleased to announce that the “Glass Tea House - KOU-AN” will begin travelling across Japan towards the year 2020.

Design Team:

Tokujin Yoshioka

Photographer: Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka

KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka Design | Installations ×

Photographer: Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka

KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka Design | Installations ×

Photographer: Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka

KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka Design | Installations ×

Photographer: Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka

KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka Design | Installations ×

Photographer: Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka

KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka Design | Installations ×

Photographer: Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka

KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka Design | Installations ×

Photographer: Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka

KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka Design | Installations ×

Photographer: © Kuniharu Uchida

KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka Design | Installations ×

Photographer: Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka

KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka Design | Installations ×

Photographer: Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka

KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka Design | Installations ×

Photographer: Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka

KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka Design | Installations ×