We are currently in Beta version and updating this search on a regular basis. We’d love to hear your feedback here.

Teahouses: Reinterpretation of Traditional Spaces

Teahouses: Reinterpretation of Traditional Spaces

Chashitsu, which is the Japanese term for a teahouse or tea room is a construction specifically designed for holding the Tea Ceremony, a traditional Japanese ritual in which the host prepares and serves tea for guests. Teahouses are usually small, intimate wooden buildings, where every detail is intended to help withdraw the individual from the material disturbances of the world.

Teahouses involve a special setting meant to suggest a contemplative mood and feel the awakening of the senses through the connection with nature and others. This can be done through special attention to the surroundings; usually peaceful gardens serving as beautiful scenery; or through architectural decisions such as the low door -symbolizing that all who enter must lower themselves-, and minimal interior furnishings or strict etiquette.

Contemporary architects have taken on the challenge of pushing modern interpretations of the traditional teahouses while maintaining the simplistic beauty and strong roots in the purposes of traditional teahouses. The use of innovative materials and new technology has allowed architects to venture onto entirely unexplored territory. In this article, we present six examples of this experimental spirit.

Teahouse Ø / PAN- Projects

© David Hugo Cabo
© David Hugo Cabo
© David Hugo Cabo
© David Hugo Cabo
© David Hugo Cabo
© David Hugo Cabo
© David Hugo Cabo
© David Hugo Cabo

Teahouse / A1 Architects

© Ester Havlová
© Ester Havlová
© Ester Havlová
© Ester Havlová
© Ester Havlová
© Ester Havlová
© Ester Havlová
© Ester Havlová

KOU-AN Glass Tea House / Tokujin Yoshioka

Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka
Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka
Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka
Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka
© Yasutake Kondo
© Yasutake Kondo

Tea Room / Natura Futura Arquitectura

© JAG Studio
© JAG Studio
© JAG Studio
© JAG Studio
© JAG Studio
© JAG Studio
© JAG Studio
© JAG Studio

Black Teahouse / A1Architects

Courtesy of A1 Architects
Courtesy of A1 Architects
Courtesy of A1 Architects
Courtesy of A1 Architects
Courtesy of A1 Architects
Courtesy of A1 Architects
Courtesy of A1 Architects
Courtesy of A1 Architects

Luminous Stargazing Tea House / Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

© Fumio Araki, Yuta Takahashi
© Fumio Araki, Yuta Takahashi

© Fumio Araki, Yuta Takahashi
© Fumio Araki, Yuta Takahashi
© Fumio Araki, Yuta Takahashi
© Fumio Araki, Yuta Takahashi
© Fumio Araki, Yuta Takahashi
© Fumio Araki, Yuta Takahashi

Image gallery

See allShow less
About this author
Cite: Clara Ott. "Teahouses: Reinterpretation of Traditional Spaces" 21 May 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/962113/teahouses-reinterpretation-of-traditional-spaces> ISSN 0719-8884

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.