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Next to a his­toric Bud­dhist tem­ple in Ky­oto, Ja­pan, sits a lit­tle glass tea­house. De­signed and built by Ja­panese de­signer, Toku­jin Yosh­ioka, the tea­house is an up­dated take on the more tra­di­tional Ja­panese tea houses of­ten used for ex­trav­a­gant tea cer­e­monies. Fo­cus­ing on serene beauty, the tea cer­e­monies date back to thou­sands of years ago, and Yosh­ioka hoped to ex­plore this tra­di­tion while in­cor­po­rat­ing more mod­ern el­e­ments into its de­sign and struc­ture. “KOU-AN Glass Tea House will be an op­por­tu­nity to look back what the ori­gin of Ja­panese cul­ture is,” the de­signer ex­plained to Dezeen mag­a­zine. “What I wanted to at­tempt to do through this pro­ject is not just to ex­press the re­gen­er­a­tion of tra­di­tion and history by mod­ern de­sign, but to think and trace why the tea cer­e­mony, which is one of Ja­pan’s sym­bolic cul­tures, has been gen­er­ated,” he said. The pretty tea­house sits next to the Shoren-in Tem­ple, which hap­pens to be one of the five Monzeki tem­ples of the Ten­dei sect of Bud­dhism in Ky­oto – mean­ing it was ini­tially built to be the res­i­dence of a priest. While a tra­di­tional tea­house would typ­i­cally be built in a Ja­panese gar­den, Yosh­ioka de­cided to con­cen­trate more on the mys­te­ri­ous at­mos­phere of the lo­ca­tion. With stun­ning views of the tem­ples’ beau­ti­ful gar­dens, the Ky­oto land­scape and the Hi­gashiyama Moun­tains in the dis­tance, the tea­house sits in a par­tic­u­larly serene area that boasts an at­mos­phere like no other. The roof of the tea­house is made from over­lap­ping glass pan­els sup­ported by a steel frame­work while the floor is com­prised of glass slabs that have a rip­pled sur­face to catch the light. Ac­cord­ing to the de­signer’s web­site, “the pro­ject KOU-AN Glass Tea House is not just a mod­ernised tea­house that was evolved from tra­di­tional style tea house, but a pro­ject that traces ori­gin of the cul­ture which is pe­cu­liar to Ja­pan.”

Toku­jin is plan­ning to ex­hibit around the world in the hope that he can pro­vide peo­ple with in­sights into the pro­ject that they oth­er­wise might not get to ex­pe­ri­ence, and by pro­duc­ing work that is re­flec­tive of the Ja­panese cul­ture.

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