Students from Columbia University and The University of Tokyo have designed and built three modular and demountable “Digital Tea Houses”. Designed as a Part of 2010 Summer Fabrication Workshop, these tea houses were displayed at the University of Tokyo and later at Tokyo galleries. All three tea house are designed to allow good light and air circulation and make the tea ceremony which is the integral part of Japanese culture more enjoyable.
From the project description, “The ceremony or “the path of the tea” is reflected in the tectonics of the space where it is performed, yet the practice of architecture has become digitized, often leaving behind this personal connection one might have to materiality. We seek to use act of constructing to allow the body to be the medium of learning, applying learned physical actions to intelligent digital techniques.”