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Japan 2007Floating Tea House (Fuan)


It seems that a teahouse is after all a kind of device of virtual reality. You can produce every kind of reality there that is completely cut off from the real world. What we aimed in Fuan was a sense of ‘floating body’. In order to achieve this, we created a huge balloon packed and floated by helium gas, and surrounded the space with an extraordinarily light cloth called ‘super organza’, that weights only 11g per 1㎡. It is precisely a celestial robe of an angel in the Japanese legend. Fuan is the ultimate temporary architecture in which you can drift about in the wind and go wherever you like.

Team Kazuhiko Miyazawa Publication Casa BRUTUS 2019/01 vol.226 , Shinkenchiku 2008/02 , GA JAPAN 90