Tea House / David Jameson Architect

© Paul Warchol Photography

The Tea House is nestled within a leafy backyard of a suburban home. Constructed of bronze and glass, the new structure references the form of a Japanese lantern and functions as a tea house, meditation space, and stage for the family’s musical recitals. This project recently received a 2010 Washington DC AIA Award of Merit.  Photographs and drawings of the Tea House designed by David Jameson Architect following the break.

Architects: David Jameson Architect, Inc.
Location: Bethesda, Maryland,
Principal: David Jameson
Project Manager: Christopher Cabacar
Structural Engineer: Linton Engineering
Contractor: RKI, Inc.
Project Area: 180 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Paul Warchol Photography

© Paul Warchol Photography
site plan

After experiencing the image of the lantern as a singular gem floating in the landscape, one is funneled into a curated procession space between strands of bamboo that is conceived to cleanse the mind and prepare one to enter the object.

© Paul Warchol Photography

After ascending an origami stair, the visitor is confronted with the last natural element: a four inch thick, opaque wood entry door. At this point the visitor occupies the structure as a performer with a sense of otherworldliness meditation.

© Paul Warchol Photography
© Paul Warchol Photography

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Cite: "Tea House / David Jameson Architect" 22 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=98162>
  • c fraulino

    – this is a totally ridiculous exercise in structural gymnastics. the owner(s) must have won lotto or looking real hard for a tax deduction…

  • sudark

    its very pretty but I do not think I can appreciate the cheesiness of the concept. The industrial beams are to obvious to ignore or leave out of the concept; its not floating, but hanging.

  • Keith

    The beams are definitely there. Not so sure their presence are being ignored or left out of the concept, though. I appreciate that they reinforce the idea of hanging and the images of a hanging Japanese lantern seem to be evoked as suggested. I’m understanding the notion of “floating” as an allegorical description of the tea house (as a singular object) in relation to the landscape, not a literal description. Beautiful work. Appreciate that a project such as this was realized in the greater Washington, DC metro area which generally has a conservative taste for architecture.