Conceptually, this is designed with a series of bands wrapping around to form a system in which the definitions of “structure” and “skin” are entangled, physically as well as metaphysically. Ends of each band meet at the center of the cube, creating an internal organ branching out from 6 sides of the interior wall meeting in the middle. This internal organ defines this project as not just a cube, but as an organism within an organism.
On a wall in the Zen garden there is an entrance door to the teahouse. The scale of the tea house (2.14m x 2.20m) is appropriate for a Japanese teahouse. The teahouse is finished in pine sidings stained in black. The same finish was used for both sides of the skin: exterior roof, exterior wall, interior wall, interior ceiling and interior floor, vertical column, horizontal column, and built-in table. The tea house can accommodate one host and two guests. The host and guests enter and exit from the same door. The host crawls under the internal structure used as the built in table to get to his/her location. The stained glass windows on all 6 walls of this cube have colors of pink, purple, silver, red, blue and white. The natural light enters the interior and reflects the black stain finish of the pine sidings. This is a project intended to appreciate not so much the color itself, but the color that is reflected on the black surface.