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Tokujin Yoshioka: KOU-AN Glass Tea House 「ガラス張りの茶室、京都に デザイナー吉岡徳仁さん制作」

Last July, I read about Tokujin Yoshioka‘s KOU-AN Glass Tea House installation in Kyoto and wrote a post about it. But the minute I saw KOU-AN I wanted to go to Kyoto to see it, take my own photos and experience it first hand.

I finally travelled back to beautiful Kyoto a few weeks ago and visited KOU-AN Glass Tea House, in Shogunzuka Seiryuden Temple. Seiryu-den Temple is stunning.  Built on a mountain top where you can look down the whole cityscape of Kyoto and surrounded by red and yellow trees which added an even more magical feeling to the whole scenery.

kyoto tokujin yoshioka

kyoto tokujin yoshioka

kyoto tokujin yoshioka

I swear I had butterflies in my stomach. I’m a fan of Yoshioka’s architecture, art installations and designs and I just couldn’t wait to see “KOU-AN”. And here it is…

kyoto tokujin yoshioka

kyoto tokujin yoshioka

kyoto tokujin yoshioka

The walls, the flooring and the roof are all made of glass offering a modern take both on traditional tea ceremonies and traditional tea houses. The glass is the perfect material to integrate this installation to the surrounding nature.

kyoto tokujin yoshioka

kyoto tokujin yoshioka

kyoto tokujin yoshioka

kyoto tokujin yoshioka

kyoto tokujin yoshioka

There are glass benches surrounding “KOU-AN” so you can sit there when tea ceremonies are taking place.

kyoto tokujin yoshioka

kyoto tokujin yoshioka

Traditional tea houses have scrolls and flowers but “KOU-AN” seems empty. When you look carefully, there’s the glitter of natural light, dew drops and a little rainbow that appears through the prism glass on the roof.

DSC_0313_FotorYoshioka’s new materials for the traditional structure redefine the identity of the japanese cultural ceremony. Love how the angular glass panes contrast with the architecture of the temple.

kyoto tokujin yoshioka

kyoto tokujin yoshioka

Such a happy day ♡

kyoto tokujin yoshioka

kyoto tokujin yoshioka

 

Yoshioka plans to move the tea house to other locations around the world.

Definitely one of my favourite Japanese artists and another wonderful experience in Japan.

More of Yoshioka’s Designs Crystallize at MOTReality Lab Boutique + Tokyo Midtown Design Touch 2014

And more of Kyoto coming soon!

thanks

KOU-AN Glass Tea House will be on from 9th April 2015 through 2016 (Date TBA),  Venue: Kyoto Shogunzuka Seiryu-den (28 Zushiokukacho-cho, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto), Hosted by: Shoren-in, Cosponsored by: TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA INC., Designed by: TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA INC., Structural support by:Jun Sato Structural Engineering –

All photos on this blog were snapped by me unless otherwise noted. If you see something you’d like to share, please be sure to provide a link back to this space. Thank you!

Big thanks to Carol for putting up with my excitement that day!

4 Comments

  1. chibimeli says

    Ahh, the glass tea house, it’s so beautiful ><

    May I ask how did you travel there? it's quite high up on a hill, right?

    • Beautiful indeed 🙂 For some reason, I just got the first sentence of your comment and now realised about your question.

      You are right, “Kou An” sits on the mountaintop. I took the metro to Shoren-in Temple and then a taxi from there. The ride took around 10 min from Sanjo Dori (this big Avenue in the corner of Shoren-in Temple). You can reach the mountain by bus too. There’s a bus stop very near the Temple and the fare is Y230 (Bus: #70 or “Shogunzuka Seiryuden” at the “Jingumichi” bus stop. The Shogunzuka Seiryuden Temple is the last stop so you can’t get lost. And on your way back, either you ask the taxi driver to wait for you or you can take the same #70 Bus back to town.

      Happy Holidays Meli!

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