T&A and our client joined hands to create this totally committed tea-room residence.  Situated in a quiet neighborhood, the two-story wooden house has two Japanese-style tea rooms (one large and one small), as well as a special cupboard for tea-things.  This residence was created after a long-term brainstorming and hard efforts put in by our client, designer (us), as well as site directors and carpenters.  Not only are the tea rooms thoroughly planned out, there are many other features, including heat insulations and floor heating systems for regular living spaces, kitchen, unit-bath, etc., but here, we would like to show you a handful of the key features.

-Tea rooms (large and small)-
For our client, who is a tea ceremony professor, we have designed a full-fledged two-tatami-daimoku-mat tea room (the small room) and a eight-tatami-mat manner-training room that has one fire and two electric furnaces (the large room).  One tatami-daimoku mat is three quarters the size of regular tatami mat and is used for tea rooms.  The full-fledged tea room comes with fixtures such as a crawl-through doorway and a “taiko-busuma“ door, as well as a ceiling that utilizes partially lower elevation (“otoshi-tenjo”), wickerwork pattern, and reed maces.  The large room has a three-line “fusuma” door that separates itself from the living room, and once the door is opened, a large open space suddenly emerges.  The room’s “shoji” door to the south can be opened for a beautiful view of the garden.
We went with our client to timber markets and selected one by one the fancy wood pieces used in tea rooms and entrance.
Height is an important factor for tea rooms.  The eventual heights were determined after detailed examination at the construction site.
The “shoji” door of the larger tea room uses the traditional “tsugi” paper-affixing method.

-Cupboard for tea-things-
The large, spacious cupboard for tea-things was handmade by the carpenters.  Even the positioning of bamboo nails was carefully calculated to ensure maximum usability.


A crawl-through doorway to the smaller tea room is created on the side of the bright glassed-in entrance hall of the house.

”Shitaji” (natural wood-framed) window and footwear cupboard

-Outer insulation-
Outer insulation (heat insulation using exterior-wall affixing) has been used for the building.  However, since this calls for unwanted thickness on the part of ordinary “makabe” walls of Japanese-style rooms, pillars were specially positioned or camouflaged to avoid the extra thickness.

-Other built-in tea-room fancies-
The sash is carefully designed so as to allow smooth entrance from the window-side, even with kimono dress.  

A built-in hanger

When not in use, its hinges allow it to be folded toward the wall.