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Towering Shipping Container Tea House Fuses Land and Sky

Posted By Andrew Michler On October 1, 2010 @ 2:33 pm In Architecture,Prefab Housing | 2 Comments

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When you think of a tea house [2], a traditional low-slung thatched roof, post and beam structure may come to mind — this incredible Sky is the Limit tea house overlooking the Sea of Japan is an entirely new take on the traditional structure. Designed by Mesarchitecture [3], the provocative building is composed of two simple converted shipping containers [4] that are projected 20 meters above the land, rising above the rough seas in Yang Yang, South Korea.

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The tea houses consists of two separate spaces that mirror each other — the architects refer to them as a “bicephalous head”. Stretching the anatomical analogy, the supporting braces [6] and stairway are expressed as an arachnid or fragile skeleton. Each ‘head’ offers a different experience — one is almost entirely transparent and the other features a wooden interior with windows at the end. The seascapes photos of Hiroshi Sugimoto [7] come to mind as the contemplative nature of the Sky is the Limit tea house fuses land and sky.

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/01/towering-shipping-container-tea-house-fuses-land-and-sky/new-15-25/

[2] tea house: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/19/fujimori-tea-house/

[3] Mesarchitecture: http://www.mesarchitecture.com/blog/?p=711

[4] shipping containers: http://inhabitat.com/tag/shipping-container/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/01/towering-shipping-container-tea-house-fuses-land-and-sky/new-16-23/

[6] supporting braces: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=168848

[7] Hiroshi Sugimoto: http://www.sugimotohiroshi.com/seascape.html

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