This project originates in the architecture plan of the Transparent Japanese House, first presented in 2002. The idea has been developed into a transparent teahouse, an architecture project incorporating a symbolic Japanese cultural image. While the completed full-scale work is scheduled to be realized in 2013, the model of the tea house in 1/10 scale is now presented this year at Glasstress 2011.
The Japanese conception of nature is characterized by its distinctive spacial perception. It involves the sensory realization of the surrounding atmosphere through what may be described as signs of presence, energies, or perhaps the aura. Such way of sensual appreciation of nature's intrinsics and beauties can be recognized in Japanese tea ceremony practice.
The appreciation of nature is made possible by the very avoidance of the direct dialogue with nature, and by venturing the construction of a non-natural space, thereby creating a microcosm. The transparent glass teahouse "KOU-AN" will embody such microcosmic space, where experience of sensing nature in its essences are recognized, felt, and understood.
Also on show is Water Block a bench made from special optical glass produced by platinum mold. This glass is also known for being used in the space shuttle. The dynamic shape looks as if it is sculptured from a block of water. The material creates miraculous scene in the space as if a large block of ice reflects the light.
This piece was originally presented in 2002 and also exhibited in the installation space created with 2 millions of transparent straws, at the exhibition held in celebration of Tokujin's reception of Designer of the Year 2007 for Design Miami.
La Biennale di Venezia Glasstress 2011