Kingston University architecture lecturer Takeshi Hayatsu was commissioned by the Barbican to work with Fujimori on the project for the Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 exhibition, which runs from March to June. The commission is a continuation of the collaboration between Fujimori and Unit 5 MArch students.
The collaboration was established in 2016 through the Seminar House Pavilion project and the associated symposium Japanese Avant-garde Red School and UK contemporary crafts at Dorich House Museum in Kingston Hill.
The teahouse was prefabricated in the Kingston’s 3D Workshop by students and tutors, and tested in the University’s central library space in January this year, coinciding with a visit by Fujimori to Kingston. During his visit Fujimori ran a timber-charring workshop at Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in West Sussex, with the students and staff from the Barbican Centre. The charred timber will be used for the external cladding of the teahouse.
The teahouse will be situated in the Barbican’s main gallery space next to a full-scale replica of Moriyama House, designed by Ryue Nishizawa. The teahouse constructed using DIY techniques, will provide an interesting contrast to the professionally-built Moriyama House. Hand crafting of the teahouse extends to the internal fittings, such as, the bronze cast doorknobs, ceramic hearth, flower vase and lampshades made in collaboration with Kingston product design students.