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Teahouse / A1 Architects

  • 01:00 - 29 June, 2009
Teahouse / A1 Architects
Teahouse / A1 Architects, © Ester Havlová
© Ester Havlová

© Ester Havlová © Ester Havlová © Ester Havlová © Ester Havlová +17

  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architect In Charge

    David Maštálka
  • Collaborators

    Lenka Kremenová, Marta Maštálková, Rudolf Maštálka
  • Client

    David Maštálka and Lenka Kremenová
  • Contractor

    Vojtěch Bilišic , scupltor and carpenter (Slovak Republic)
  • Dome Construction

    Jan Bašta
  • Surface Area

    3,75 m2
  • Area

    7.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The Garden

At the foot of the hill dividing Hloubetin and Aloisov you'll find a small garden. The garden is unostentatious, slightly wild but even so graceful, each spring apple and cherry trees blossom and when summer swiftly blows upon us our sight of the passing clouds is surrounded by slim blades of grass.

© Ester Havlová
© Ester Havlová

The teahouse as a minimal place to gather

The Teahouse as a typological kind follows the Japanese tradition of minimizing space and is intended as place the meet with guest at a cup of tea. I am not an orthodox worshiper of the tea cult, however I am very interested in the theme of it being a place to gather with friends. From the outside an inconspicuous structure is ready to surprise it's visitors upon arriving inside, giving them a different perspective of the garden. A world hidden inside, where time flows at its own pace, an vacant space leaving an impression just by its spaciousness. When first reasoning about such a place I thought of the places that had made an impression upon me and came to the decision of building it on a circular platform enclosed by a translucent dome breathing the inner peace of small sacred buildings. Diffused rays of light illuminate the quarters within; the translucent dome resembles the sky and the hearth - the home. The spherical shape directs your attention to the hearth, on which the tea is prepared and creates a close bondage with all who are present.

Natural material

The inner walls are constituted on one side by a view of the garden and on the other a clay parget. Guests set themselves down on the matt and the hearth is welded black steel. The dome laminated within is pasted with paper, through which light shines and invitingly illuminates the space inside.

© Ester Havlová
© Ester Havlová

Minimal place to gather

The Teahouse serves as a place for gathering with guests. The invitation itself begins a certain tense moment of anticipation, during which we would like to present our guests with a enjoyable experience. The moment of gathering where we share our feelings and impressions - our own mutual closeness which I think can not be better depicted by anyone other than master Sen no Rikyú.

© Ester Havlová
© Ester Havlová

A house and dewed ground

Guest and host

Drinking together a cup of tea

In quiet contemplation

In spiritual symphony

© Ester Havlová
© Ester Havlová

Building and construction

Carpented oak construction stands on stones from a nearby pond. Burnt larch facing creates a mimic colouring effect of a building in a garden because the attention of the gathering itself is focused on the inner world, which one discloses only upon entering. The master of construction is Vojtech Bilisic with whom I built the Teahouse in 35 days during the months of April and May 2008.


For great help I thank first of all my beloved Lenka, Vojta, sister Marta, professor Terunobu Fujimori, who visited during construction and Petr Holý, who heartedly interpreted our rendezvous.

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april · December 13, 2014

i wish i could have this tea house

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zalak patel · April 13, 2012

very nice ...

moli · April 13, 2012

why did you copy - paste/pu t away your traditional japanese house in prage? does it match with prage culture?

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Álvaro Bustos · April 12, 2012

Precioso, la arquitectura se trata de esto.

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Jaclyn · January 20, 2012 Is this heaven? I want to be here.

Justina · July 30, 2009

i can imagine how i say: `would you like some tea?` mmmmm...

Otis · July 05, 2009

ahhh that's what i'm talking about

dem_beer · July 02, 2009

very nice, especially the dome!

The6thcatalyst · July 01, 2009

very good. . .

ssum · July 01, 2009

I cannot believe that this is designed by Czech.
I like the dome and scent, cozy room.
I wish I could be there with a friend.

mark · July 01, 2009

i live in a small valley full of apple orchards and now lately peach trees also among every thing else.some of our orchards are very old and beautiful,but my wouldn't it be
amazing to see that litle teahouse at the turn of every backroad corner.thank you.

annapolis valley of nova scotia

Michelle · June 30, 2009

So adorable! I'd want one of these if I had a huge yard :)

YHng · June 30, 2009

Amazing, looks like japanese house.
it feels me some kinda oriental sens

kenji · June 30, 2009

so cute and nice

Ulises · June 30, 2009

Oh my dear God! You little beautiful jewel...

Marcio N Coelho Jr · June 30, 2009

What a beautiful work, fine details, simple and concise. The light through the paper dome is just amazing!

dariu · June 30, 2009

W Terunobu!!!

musser · June 29, 2009

Joyous... on every level.

INawe · June 29, 2009


Lucas Gray · June 29, 2009

This is a beautiful little building!


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