Workshop: Raum & Konstruktion und Plandarstellung für Industrial Design


The Japanese tea house is a modest building in close touch with nature. A structure of wooden posts and mud walls provides an unadorned, yet refined setting for the ceremonial preparation and presentation of tea. The tea ceremony itself – Chado, the Japanese Way of Tea – is a highly formalized procedure closely related to Zen Buddhism. Tea masters such as Sen no Rikyu established it as a spiritual practice and defined harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility as its essential objectives. These principles are also embodied in the architecture that accommodates the ceremony.


This semester’s task is to design a tea house, a building or 3D object that measures 4 to 10 m2, protects from harsh weather (rain, snow, cold, heat,…) and provides an inviting and pleasant interior space. It may be a small piece of architecture in the spirit of the Japanese tea ceremony or a tea room that is culturally coded in a different way. It can be designed e.g. as a Turkish kösk, an English tea pavilion, a cocoon around a Russian samovar or as a completely novel and unconventional setti ng for enjoying a cup of tea with friends or alone. Please select an appropriate site for your tea house.


The workshop is part of the courses Raum & Konstruktion and Plandarstellung für Industrial Design

Getting started with the topic (for your inspiration):  JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY, 19 Oct. 2017, at 2 p.m., Setagaya Park, 1190 Vienna

1st workshop day (Oct. 18, 2017, 9:00-16:00, VZA 3, SR 14): Design

2nd workshop day (Jan. 10, 2018: 9:00-16:00, VZA 3, SR 14): Construction and technical drawings