The Glass Tea House of Tokujin Yoshioka will leave Kyoto

After 2 years based in Kansai, the Kou-an Glass Tea House is going to move and travel abroad. It will stay in Kyoto until September 10th, 2017.

In the preparation of the project’s departure, Tokujin Yoshioka is also now planning to publish a book. A selection of pictures from instagram with the #tokujin_bookproject will be chosen and put in it. The deadline to submit your picture is 10th of July, 2017.

Tokujin Yoshioka designed the Kou-an Glass Tea House. It was first presented at the 54th Venice Art Biennale in 2011 and in 2015 it has been installed in front of Shogunzuka Seiryuden Temple, in Kyoto.

Tokujin Yoshioka – I was taken by the place’s power and was convinced that this was the site I’ve been looking for. Normally you would find a tea house in the Japanese garden, but I didn’t want a conventional setting. I wanted a location that had a special energy and would enable us integrate with nature.

The purpose of the project was to reveal the origins of Japanese culture, which exists in our experience of sensations, a sensing of the truth of nature. It was to grasp the essence of Japanese perception, aesthetics and tradition that converge to become the culture of tea. The designer was aiming to “design” time and light.

Kou-an Glass Tea House
Photography, Yasutake Kondo