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The Contemporary Tea House: Japan's Top Architects Redefine a Tradition Hardcover – September 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-4770030467 ISBN-10: 4770030460 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770030460
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770030467
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,255,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This vibrant, relevant study from architects Ando, Fujimori and Isozaki looks at the present moment of a centuries-old Japanese tradition, the chashitsu, or "tea room." In first-person narratives, leading Japanese architects discuss their contemporary take on the classic tea ceremony space. Full-color photographs, design sketches and polished plans are clearly laid out along with text, and each chapter focuses on a number of works by a single architect. Fujimori's chapter, for example, includes an elaborate tree-top tea house, an "enormous woven bamboo birdcage" called The Forum and a room built especially to host France's President Chirac. Ando gets to the heart of the matter in his statement of purpose: "not to dwell solely on the abstract; but to explore abstract concepts by expressing them through material phenomena." Three more architects-Isozaki, Kengo Kuma and Hiroshi Hara-discuss their designs, and how they relate to the genre's traditions, in similar terms, focusing on the "tension between abstraction and representation." Especially fascinating are discussions of materials used: for Fujimori, the most important components are "raw, unworked materials" and "amateur artisans" to do all the building. Throughout, the houses' elegance and simplicity are reflected in the text; lush images, meanwhile, provide tranquil warmth and a real sense of place.
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"Sumptuous look at one of Japan's most ancient architectural forms."--Financial Times."..visually stunning book." Celebrated Living"Whether you're interested in tea, architecture, Japanese gardens or simply beautiful things and spaces, this intriguing, elegant book is likely to capture your sensibilities. Minneapolis Star Tribune"Through insightful text, superb photographs and detailed drawings, The Contemporary Tea House introduces each architects philosophy and creative concern, as well as the artistic techniques behind their constructions in materials ranging from wood and titanium to concrete, stone, and paper. TEA AMagazine

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By Nancy on August 2, 2013
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The interpretations showcased in The Contemporary Tea House are both freeing and inspiring. With materials ranging from traditional cedar trunks to stainless steel and fiberglass, and sizes from full house to single table, these architects all capture the essence of what a Tea House means and is intended to do. If you want to free your mind for a project of your own, you can't do better than to absorb the beauty and message carried in this book.
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By Music is fun on November 20, 2014
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It's influenced my work tremendously.
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