Glass Tea House In Japan By Tokujin Yoshioka

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Located on a platform overlooking Kyoto, Tokujin Yoshioka designed a modern version of the Japanese tea house that is made of glass. Unlike the traditional wooden structure with its flower decorations, the glass surface features a prism that creates colorful beams of sunlight. The studio’s aim is to travel worldwide with the exhibition to promote the origins of Japanese culture. In a statement about the project, Yoshioka says: “The Japanese conception of nature (…) is characterized by its distinctive spacial perception involving the sensory realization of the surrounding atmosphere through what may be described as signs of energies or aura. Such way of sensual appreciation of nature’s intrinsic beauty can be recognized in the Japanese tea ceremony.”

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