This project originates in the architecture plan of the Transparent Japanese House, first presented in 2002.
The concept of “KOU-AN Glass Tea House” was presented at the Glasstress 2011, the collateral event of the 54th La Biennale di Venezia.
In 2015, the teahouse was first unveiled at the stage of Seiryu-den which is in a precinct of Tendai Sect Shoren-in, Kyoto.
Japanese concept of nature, which perceive energies, is embedded in the culture of tea ceremony.
“KOU-AN” is not merely a modernized tea house, but an art project that traces the origin of Japanese culture.
This glass-made architecture of light does not have a scroll nor flower that are supposed to be provided in traditional tea house.
Instead, the floor is dressed with sparkle reminiscent of water ripples, and reflections of sunlight within a prism project a rainbow.
Integrated with nature and released from materialistic concept, this architecture of light illuminates poetic scenes.