Japanese Tea House by A1 Architects: Fabulous View of the Lake- Monday, October 29th 2012.
Located in the Czech town of Ceská Lípa, Japanese Tea House by A1 Architects is composed of a semi-enclosed room and a porch extending out into the surrounding garden. Many architects have tried to reproduce the poetics of the traditional Japanese tea house, with varying levels of success. Visitors to this timber tea house sit beneath a woven rope dome with a gilded skylight and a hanging teapot in the middle. It is a small place to gather, it is a place for a cup of tea.
The Japanese Tea House by A1 Architects veranda is a unique space for watching the water level and the life beneath. The teahouse displays some distinctively Central European character, as well, such as the use of charred larch to clad the exterior and the use of semicircles as a formal element. The prominent platform is markedly differentiated from the ground plane and forms the mound, while the hearth is obvious and central to the project. The teapot is suspended from the ceiling by a knotted length of rope and nestles into a crevice in the floor. The inner space of the teahouse could be adjusted by the sliding doors, so there are more levels of perception of nearby landscape. The whole interior is crowned with knitted geometry of cone soffit made out of sisal ropes.
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The Japanese Tea House by A1 Architects round walls of the building are coated in clay plaster and integrate three flower vases. The tectonics of the structure is clearly visible, while the ceiling of the teahouse is made of woven cord, a textile. Large doors slide back from both rectangular and arched openings in the walls of the tea house to open it out to a sheltered deck. On the southern edge of garden The Black Teahouse reflects itself in water level of small dark lake. There is fabulous view of the lake, which could be admired by the host and guests from the teahouse. The hearth is the central point of the room, from which the space flows to large veranda built with larch planks.