éthique is not just about drinking tea, but also exploring the world of tea and looking for modern twists to tea traditions.
So twice a month I want to show you a tea house. Tea houses primarily serve tea and other refreshments. Although its function varies widely depending on the culture, tea houses often serve as centers of social interaction. In the Japanese culture tea ceremony dates back thousands of years and is an elaborately choreographed ritual that focuses on a quiet appreciation for aesthetics and beauty.
Today I want to show the glass tea house KOU-AN built by Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka. KOU-AN Glass Tea House is an opportunity to look back what the origin of Japanese culture is. Featuring glass walls, flooring and roof, it offers a modern take on the traditional structure used in Japanese culture to host elaborate tea ceremonies. The tea houses's roof is made up of overlapping glass planes, supported by a slender steel framework featuring a mirrored surface that camouflages with the glass.
The beautiful glass tea house is built beside historic Buddhist temple 'Shoren-in Temple' in Kyoto, which dates back to the Heian period between 794 and 1185. It is one of the five Monzeki temples of the Tendai sect of Buddhism in Kyoto, meaning it was originally built as a residence for a priest. The location offers a unique view of the temple's picturesque gardens, the Kyoto cityscape and the Higashiyama Mountains beyond.