Fun Link Friday: Floating Japanese tea house in DC

Oftentimes I find myself looking at the architecture of Japanese homes and other buildings enviously. The designs are slick, compact, and simple. There’s an extra something that just resonates with me. And although I’m not usually one for giant steel beams, the floating tea house dangling from them in David Jameson’s garden is certainly something to behold that still captures this essential Japanese design of simplicity and ingenuity while combining a variety of traditional aesthetics.

Functioning as a dining room, meditation area, and stage , this floating tea house has been built in the personal garden of Jameson’s home. He describes the project on his website:

A hanging bronze and glass object inhabits the backyard of a suburban home. The structure, which evokes the image of a Japanese lantern, acts as a tea house, meditation space, and a stage for the family’s music recitals. After experiencing the image of the lantern as a singular gem floating in the landscape, one is funneled into a curated procession space between strands of bamboo that is conceived to cleanse the mind and prepare one to enter the object. After ascending an origami stair, the visitor is confronted with the last natural element: a four inch thick, opaque wood entry door. At this point the visitor occupies the structure as a performer with a sense of otherworldliness meditation.

Truly an incredible work! It definitely feels otherworldly to me.

For more images, see:

The rest of Jameson’s architectural designs and projects are equally fascinating as the tea house. You can check them out at his website here:

Happy Friday!

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of graduate life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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