Tokujin Yoshioka. KOU-AN Glass Tea House

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The astonishing project KOU-AN-Glass Teahouse designed by the Japanese architect Tokujin Yoshioka has been unveiled this year in Kyoto, in the area of the Tendai Sect Shoren-in Temple, one of the most important areas in the history of Japan.

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The Kou-An project is a revolutionary one in the extent that it lacks the embellishments typical for a Japanese traditional teahouse as flowers or scrolls, but in the same time puts the emphasis on purity and simplicity, the main concepts in the Japanese culture.

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The tea house Tokujin Yoshioka designed is entirely made out of glass, a building material that permits the architect to create special effects: the rippled glass tiles on the floor give the sensation of a mountain river flowing and the prism roof creates rainbows in the afternoon, the moment in which the tea ceremonies are held.

 

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The project was presented for the first time four years ago, during the 54th Biennale di Venezia.

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Photo credits: Tokujin Yoshioka

 

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