Tokyo - New York - London: Kodansha International, 2007.
First Edition. Hard Cover.
First Edition, First Printing. Additional text by Kengo Kuma and Hiroshi Hara; Translated by Glenn Rich; Introduction by Terunobu Fujimori.
The tea house is one of Japan's most original and significant architectural forms - a small, simple space for the tea ceremony that traditionally requires a tatami mat, a tokonoma (the alcove where wall scrolls are hung and flower arrangements placed), a ro (the sunken stove where tea is heated), and a nijiriguchi (the half door through which guests enter).
An informative introduction explains the history of the tea ceremony and the tea house. Five noted architects - Arata Isozaki, Tadao Ando, Terunobu Fujimori, Hiroshi Hara, and Kengo Kuma – look at twenty modern tea houses in Japan and discuss how Japanese architects are redefining this highly formalized and traditional form.
Most of these structures are used solely for the tea ceremony, but a few have become spaces for meditation, or for simply spending quiet time alone. The Contemporary Tea House introduces each architect’s design philosophy and techniques employed in their constructions using materials ranging from wood and titanium to concrete, stone, and paper.Item #901533
9-1/8 x 12-1/4”, silver endpapers, black paper over boards, 134pp, architectural specifications, glossary, fully illustrated with color photographs and numerous diagrams and sketches.
Bowing to boards, clean, tight, near fine in dust wrapper and protective mylar.