Posted by the editors on Friday, 10 August 2012
Residential Architecture: Tea Houses by Swatt | Miers: “..Architects Swatt | Miers have suspended three glass pavilions over the edge of a valley in northern California..Located in the grounds of the client’s home, the three Tea Houses were designed to provide quiet, contemplative spaces that are free from the distractions of television, internet, telephone and even music..The largest of the three pavilions provides a workspace that can also be used for hosting small parties, while the second is for sleeping and the third was conceived as a meditative space for a single person..Overhanging trees shade the transparent glass walls, which are held in place by horizontal steel joists and vertical concrete cores..A bathroom bridges the largest of the two rooms and underfloor heating keeps each space warm..” Lovely site, views; expansive glazing, skylights, natural light; interesting materiality, contextual sensibility..
image: Tim Griffith; article: Dezeen
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Posted by the editors on Monday, 16 July 2012
Residential Architecture: Black Teahouse by A1Architects: “..On the southern edge of garden The Black Teahouse reflects itself in water level of small dark lake. Large and exceptionally cultivated garden becomes natural part of nearby pine forest and its southern edge defined by S-shaped lake with grassy banks makes beautiful surroundings of the family house. And the Teahouse is just part of this carefully designed scenery. There is also fabulous view of the lake, which could be admired by the host and guests from the teahouse. It is a small place to gather, it is a place for a cup of tea..The inner space of the teahouse could be adjusted by the sliding doors, so there are more levels of perception of nearby landscape. One could enframe his own preferred view as a painting in the interior. There is a daylight play of sunbeams in gilded skylight, when the teahouse is closed. The whole interior is crowned with knitted geometry of cone soffit made out of sisal ropes. The hearth is the central point of the room, from which the space flows to large veranda built with larch planks. The veranda is a unique space for watching the water level and the life beneath. There is another important motif next to the knitted soffit in the interior, it is a rounded wall with clay plaster which integrates three bamboo vases as a reminiscence of famous japanese tokonoma – the niche for flowers and calligraphy..The Teahouse is carefully designed to become a natural part od the landscape and so the green roof is a fragment of grassy surroundings. The whole house is covered with charred larch facing and so it is called The Black Teahouse..” Lovely, peaceful site, natural light, nature, views; thoughtful, multi-geometric form, charred larch cladding..
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Posted by the editors on Saturday, 10 March 2012
Residential Architecture: Tea House by Archi-Union: “..Concrete walls twist up through the interior of this tea house and library..Constructed from timber-formed concrete, the two-storey building has a glass facade..A triangular first-floor balcony projects from this facade and wraps around the branches of an existing tree..” Simultaneously cavern-esque and full of natural light…
image + article: Dezeen
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Posted by the editors on Thursday, 19 January 2012
Residential Architecture: Tea Houses by Swatt / Miers Architects: “..Each tea house is designed as a transparent steel and glass pavilion, hovering like a lantern over the natural landscape. Cast-in-place concrete core elements anchor the pavilions, supporting steel channel rim joists, which cantilever beyond the cores to support the floor and roof planes. With its minimal footprint, the design treads lightly on the land, minimizing grading and preserving the delicate root systems of the native oaks..” Transparent tranquility..
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