A Nurturing Family Home

Ehime Prefecture, Japan – Takashi Okuno Architectural Design Office Project Year:¬†2017 Developed Area:¬†¬†256.0 m2 ( 2764.8 Sq ft2 ) Photographs:¬†Shigeo Ogawa Usually known for its small living area, Japan’s Ehime Prefecture provides this home a lot more space than the usual Japanese homes. Built with a contemporary and traditional Japanese look, this house is a […]

Takasugi-an, ‚ÄúA Tea House Built Too High‚ÄĚ

Nagano Prefecture, Japan – Terunobu Fujimori Photography: Edmund Sumner Teahouses are an essential component of Japanese culture. ¬†They are very quiet. restful places typically designed and built by the owners to increase¬†intimacy¬†with the space. Takasugi was designed and constructed by architect¬†Terunobu Fujimori¬†on a family plot in Chino, Nagano Prefecture. The tree-bound tea house sits atop […]

Green Oak Writer’s Studio

Los Angeles, USA ¬†– ¬†Bertram Architects Built Area: 18.5m2 (200 sq ft) Designed as a quiet space with minimum distraction for a writer. ¬†Furniture is plain and built in to both maximise the available space and avoid distraction. Here are¬†the¬†architect’s notes: “Inspiration for the¬†home office¬†came from the ‚ÄúRussian word –Ņ—É—Ā—ā—č–Ĺ—Ć or poustinia (which literally means […]

Black Tea House

ńĆesk√° L√≠pa, ¬†Czech Republic ¬†– ¬†Lenka KŇôemenov√°, David MaŇ°t√°lka / A1Architects Built: ¬† 2011 Area: ¬† Veranda –¬†10m2 (108 sq. ft.) ¬† Interior –¬†3.5m2 (38 sq. ft.) Traditional Japanese teahouses are as much a refuge from the chaos of life as they are a ceremonial focal point. ¬†But the concept and meaning has spread to […]

Hat Tea House

Ostrava Czech Republic –¬†A1 Architects Does it seem a little incongruous to find a classical Japanese tea house in suburban¬†Ostrava, Czech Republic? ¬†Initially, probably, but why shouldn’t a Czech – or Briton, Canadian or New Zealander, seek the same sense of calm that the Japanese have found for centuries in their back yard tea houses? […]

Forest Pond House – a meditation space and playhouse

¬†Hampshire UK –¬†TDO Architecture Area: ¬† ¬† 6 m2 ¬†(64 sq ft) Year Built: ¬† ¬† 2012 Photography: ¬† ¬† Ben Blossom The Forest Pond House is¬†in rural Hampshire. ¬†Designed as a space for both meditation and a children‚Äôs den it sits at the bottom of a family garden in a wooded area overlooking¬†a pond. […]

Like a glove – the Dovecote Studio

Snape Maltings, England – Haworth Tompkins Year built: ¬† ¬† 2009 Photography:¬† ¬† ¬†Philip Vile Dovecote: ¬†A shelter¬†with nest holes for domesticated pigeons. Snape Maltings was an abandoned industrial site before being reborn as¬†a music and art centre by none other than Benjamin Britten. The¬†existing ruins used here, once formed a two-storey brick dovecote. The¬†ruins […]

The Many Faces of a Polyhedron

Habitable Polyhedron Bogota Columbia –¬†Manuel Villa Built Area:¬† ¬† ¬†7.5 m2 (81 sq. ft.) Year Built:¬† ¬† ¬†2009 Photography:¬†¬†Sergio G√≥mez Originally designed for the backyard of a couple with a young child who wanted a “shelter” while enjoying the outdoors, the Habitable Polyhedron obviously has many possible uses. ¬†Guest accommodation, a home office or a […]


West Virginia, USA – Nick Olson & Lilah Horwitz Photography:¬†Half Cut Tea   Click on any image to start lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox.

The Kernan Teahouse

Stoney Creek, CT ¬†USA ¬†– ¬†Naomi Darling Architecture Photography by Sean Kernan This stunning, minimalist teahouse is in Stoney Creek, Connecticut. ¬†Designed by architect Naomi Darling, it features local and recycled materials¬†to achieve a simple elegance.¬†The stone came from a local quarry, while bamboo was harvested on-site. ¬†The roof is made of recycled metal. “Tea, […]