When you think of a tea house, 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, the provocative building is composed of two simple converted shipping containers that are projected 20 meters above the land, rising above the rough seas in Yang Yang, South Korea.
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 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 come to mind as the contemplative nature of the Sky is the Limit tea house fuses land and sky.
If you are considering modular or prefab home, or looking for an alternative to high cost construction, building with recycled shipping containers is worth taking a look at. There are many considerations that have contributed to the appeal of building with intermodal shipping containers - availability, standardization, the recycled/green factor, economy and speed of construction, their durability, and even their "elegance/grace". Good resource is the Residential Shipping Container Primer website. A SHOWCASE OF SHIPPING CONTAINER HOMES AND BUILDINGDS, AND A DO IT YOURSELF (DIY) REFERENCE FOR CONVERTING RECYCLED INTERMODAL CARGO SHIPPING CONTAINERS INTO BUILDINGS AND ARCHITECTURE. Lots of great example buildings, details, facts, and links to other articles. They have something new that you can setup your own project wiki to get help with your project if you are considering a design build project. www.ResidentialShippingContainerPrimer.com
Why? I think that the coastline would be better without this construction. It is an architects wet dream but impractical use of space and materials from most points of view.Though it uses some recycled materials? the world does not need this building and the energy and money spent on it\'s construction could be much better spent on a more practical design that served a useful purpose.