KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka, Japan. KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka, Japan. Photography by Yasutake Kondo
KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka, Japan. KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka, Japan.
KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka, Japan. KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka, Japan.
KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka, Japan. KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka, Japan.
KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka, Japan. KOU-AN Glass Tea House by Tokujin Yoshioka, Japan.

Tea time

22 : 05 : 2015 Kyoto : Tokujin Yoshioka : Shoren-in Temple

Kyoto – Artist and designer Tokujin Yoshioka has created a traditional Japanese tea house made from glass.

  • Tea houses are typically enclosed spaces of specific dimensions and designs
  • Yoshioka’s re-interpretation opens the experience to the elements and uses light to explore temporality

The architectural feat is in the grounds of the Shoren-in temple, and offers breathtaking views over Kyoto. Yoshioka’s design plays on the idea of temporality: in a glass pavilion, guests experience the passage of time through light. As it passes through the thick glass panels, light is refracted to create multi-coloured patterns that decorate the tea house’s interior. 

‘What I consider most important,’ says Yoshioka, ‘is to design time as it is created along with nature. In order to design time, our sensations need to be relieved of superficial designs, to be integrated with nature and to sense light itself.’

The Big Picture: Consumers are still on a quest for The New Sublimity. Consider how designers are creating transient spaces that allude to energies and spirituality using our Sublime Materiality design direction.

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