Usagui Teahouse / Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

  • 03 Dec 2012
  • Selected Works
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Architects: Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio
Location: Gracia Spain
Basic Design: Maarten Neering
Lighting Design: Toru Takamiya
Year: 2012
Photographs: Daisuke Nakashima

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This project was an interior design for a Japanese tearoom in Gracia area, Barcelona.

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The materials used in the previous interior (the site was formerly an Italian restaurant) were dismantled and removed, so as to reveal the brick walls and ceilings, which are typical of architectural structures in Barcelona. The interior was then formulated with the minimum of intervention.

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We determined three critical elements for the design process: ´Tea´, by ´Japanese´, in ´Barcelona´, each of which are represented by a spatial element. The red colored Chinese shelf represents the origin of tea; the white counter, the sense of beauty associated with Japanese tea culture, and the exposed brick structures, Barcelona where this tearoom installed. None of the typical Japanese interior design elements, such as ‘shoji’ screens or ‘tatami’ mats were included, as we aimed to create a solution which would be specific interior space to its context. The white counter was finished by white plaster with the application of the technique which is often used for white walls of Japanese traditional architecture.

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