Tea House - Construction

Photography by Ben Tynegate of Teruobu Fujimori's Tea House at the Barbican exhibition The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945


Tea House - Terunobu Fujimori

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945




As a student in Unit 5 at Kingston University, I was able to be a part of the project from beginning to end. Working in collaboration with Fujimori, Unit 5 took his designs and sketches and transformed them into technical drawings and started fabricating the various elements in the 3D Workshop at Kingston University. 



Having prefabricated the main structural elements at the beginning of 2017, a mock assembly was undertaken in the library at Kingston University to trial the construction methods and test the work so far.



The Tea House is clad in charred timber, a traditional Japanese material called Yakisugi: a signature material of Fujimori. At the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, the charring process took place with Fujimori demonstrating to students the method for achieving the correct finishes. 



The project sees further collaboration between Fujimori and Kingston University with the Product Design department,and the bronze casting architectural designate. Various handles and fixtures were designed and produced by fourth year architecture students whilst product design students designed lampshades, seating and the hearth for the Tea House.



Erecting the Tea House in the exhibition space at the Barbican took just under a week with further finishes added in the run up to the exhibition launch. 

All images copyright Ben Tynegate - Architectural Photographer based in London