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.