The new Tea House designed by architect Kengo Kuma is innovative in term of form, but above all in term of materials utilized and solutions adopted. It is the outstanding example of how a project evolves in the hands of the various operators involved during the design process as Arch. Gerd Schmidt from Form TL describes it: “The inflatable Tea Pavilion of the “Museum für angewandte Kunst (MAK)” was as a kind of joint between sculpture and temporary room for ceremonies.
It is a gift by Japanese companies to the city of Frankfurt and especially to the MAK which has very tight connections to Japan because of its far eastern collection.
It is unusual that from the beginning Kengo Kuma has chosen modern material. While wood and sliding walls were left out, a hint of diminutive bamboo is found at the base of the pavilion.
Locality: Frankfurt, Germany
Client: Frankfurt City
Architectonic project: KKAA Kengo Kuma & Associates
Film project: Form TL Germany
Area: 32 sqm
Type: Pneumatic structure
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