Honnouji Teahouse

The scheme “Honnouji Teahouse” is one of the six finalists for Japan 21st century teahouse competition.

‘Honnouji Teahouse’ use fluid dynamics as the conceptual and technical basis in the choreography of complex dynamic urban interactions and tea ceremony. The exploration of fluid dynamics as an tool allowed an alternative mode of addressing spatial strategies, not as one that is fixed but as one that is relational to human behavior in tea ceremony.

Developing different parametric systems (envelope, frame network, circulation, navigation, and furniture) as a series of sub-fields that correlate with one another to organize and integrate differentiated tea house space.

Our project proposal for ‘Honnouji Teahouse’ investigates tea ceremony as a catalyst for spatial activation studying different speeds of tea ceremony behavior to program by working with crowd flows and urban connectivity. six series of tea house spaces from rigid to more dynamic are allocated alone the westside shopping street near Honnouji, which integrate with existing urban context.

The continuous explorations and iterations of the systems gave us a repertoire of rhythms that allowed us to reinvent the configurations of each field space. The more we got in control of the parameters helped us anticipate the order and the transformation of the aggregation to develop several spatial qualities into a same building. The directionality of the fields created ways of understanding the construction of perspective as visual constructs that operated in all the levels of the fields, starting from a local condition to reconnect with the global one but reacting to the different local rhythms to choreograph the systems.

Project Name: “Honnouji Teahouse” for Japan 21st century teahouse competition
Design: Feng Xu, Wantin Liu
Date: 2016.11