Teahouse Takasugi-an of Terunobu Fujimori

Teahouse Takasugi-an of Terunobu Fujimori

Literally, Takasugi-an means a teahouse built at height. The homely tree house is located in the city of Chino, on the Japanese main island of Honshu.

The tea house was built between two chestnut trees. The trees were felled in the nearby forest and transported to the selected location. A freestanding ladder is the only way to get into the house.

Tea Masters usually retain complete control over their property, as is the case here. Terunobu Fujimori followed this tradition by planning and executing the construction himself. The land once belonged to his family, now the Japanese wants to live in the cottage.

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The uniqueness of the building was attributed to Fujimori's interest in architecture.


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The compact interior has been decorated with plaster and tatami mats. Only four and a half mats fit into the available living space. The material and the earth color of the mats are natural and therefore a natural part of human clothing, says Fujimori. He attaches great importance to the personal, which is reflected in the architecture.

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Traditionally, the shoes are pulled out when entering. In the simply outfitted living area one is in search of serenity and of course - after the perfect kind of the Teekochens.

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Teahouse Takasugi-an of Terunobu Fujimori

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