House of Tea
This project is the result of a careful and considered study of traditional Japanese ritual of the tea ceremony. This design solution is the result of a synthesis of the function of the ritual and the wooded site where the house is located. It includes both the ceremonial structure (chashitsu) and a simple, monastic home for the tea master. The chashitsu consists of an anteroom for the preparation of the guests, the ceremony room, and the tea preparation room (mizuya). The ceremony and the structure serve the same purpose; to remove the guests from the crowded and overwhelming outside world and provide an experience of refinement and reflection.
For fall 2005 – Architecture Design Studio, North Dakota State University