Architect: Terunobu Fujimori
Location: Chino, Nagano prefecture, Japan
Year built: ??
The tea house, in japanese “Takasuki-an”, located in Chino in Nagano Prefecture in Japan is built on top of two chestnut trees placed on the side of a mountain. L ‘architect Fujimori has designed and built the structure referring to the traditional tea ceremony. The inside is covered with plaster and bamboo mats. Its carattersistica is its extreme compactness, which can accommodate four and a half tatami (2.7 square meters) or even two tatami (1.8 meters) of the surface. Following this tradition, Fujimori has decided to build a teahouse to humble himself and for himself on a piece of land that belonged to his family. The house is really more like a tree house that a tea room. To get to the room, guests must climb stairs standing leaning against one of the two chestnut trees that support the entire structure. The room displays a large window that frames views perfect bird’s eyes’ of the city where he grew Fujimori.