Hat Tea House by A1 Architects


Hat Tea House by A1Architects

A1 Architects of Prague designed this little tea house with a tall roof in Ostrava in the Czech Republic.

Hat Tea House by A1Architects

Called Hat Tea House, the 1.8 square-meter oak structure is clad in larch with a shingle roof.

Hat Tea House by A1Architects

The hearth is concealed in a drawer under a larch bench.

Hat Tea House by A1Architects

Portions of the walls can be folded back or liftedup to reveal the garden beyond, with sliding screens further altering the view.

Hat Tea House by A1Architects

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Hat Tea House


"Hat" is the third tea house we have realised. It is a small house to gather with a cup of tea, a tiny haven under the open roof in little charming garden. The minimal space of a teahouse is a great challenge for us to search for intimate and pleasant space, which brings unique atmosphere with its own secret inside. The inner space of tea house gives distinct perspective of the outside world.

Hat Tea House by A1Architects

"Hat" is the smallest of the three already designed teahouses. The name derives from its tall roof resembling a big hat in the garden. Its inner space is meant for 2 guests and a host within dimension of 1,8 x 1,8m. The seating is suit to its owners, so guests can enjoy sitting on wide larch bench.

Hat Tea House by A1Architects

The Hat has expressively dwarfed rooflining, the almost square layout transforms upwards into the round shape of skylight. Hearth is designed due to the minimal size of space as a drawer hidden under the bench. The main view is oriented to unique picturesque garden towards bizarre horizon with grassy coal waste dumps of Ostrava outskirts. The view could be adjusted by sliding windows and outer shutters.

Hat Tea House by A1Architects

Material plays important role when designing a teahouse. We search for natural ageing materials which makes the space warm and liveable. The carpented oak structure stands on dark grey stones, which harmonize with dark larch facing and shingle roof. The main inner wall is clad with oak plywood. All the structure was realized in summer 2010 by sculptor Vojtěch Bilišič.

Hat Tea House by A1Architects

Big inspiration for all of our tea houses was personal meeting with Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori and an experience with his own teahouse Takasugi-an in Nagano prefecture. As in our previous teahouses we tried to find our own interpretation of the theme, which intentionally differs from Japanese tradition a lot. We transfer it into a local situation using traditional materials and forms of Middle Europe.

Hat Tea House by A1Architects

DESIGN: Lenka Křemenová, David Maštálka / A1 Architects
CARPENTER: Vojtěch Bilišič, Slovakia
BUILT AREA: 3,25 m2
REALIZATION: autumn 2010
A1 Architects

Hat Tea House by A1Architects

Hat Tea House by A1Architects

Hat Tea House by A1Architects

Hat Tea House by A1Architects

Hat Tea House by A1Architects

Hat Tea House by A1Architects

See also:


Takasugi-an by
Terunobu Fujimori
Tea house by
David Maštálka
Paper Tea House by
Shigeru Ban

Posted on Tuesday October 26th 2010 at 12:57 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Paul

    Fresh and Summerish! Lovely! :0)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000846182818 Zafar Dadayev

    looks like mongol homes!

  • http://www.perfectdesigninc.com Don

    A truly peaceful retreat ! Why not add a few Tatami mats for comfort ?

    Keep smiling! ( :~} >

  • Lady C

    I think it's great that A1have thought to use this kind of design aesthetic I love the range in colours, textures and lines used here, a real mix-up that fit well together.

    Very Soulful; reminds me of Jamaica and the little homes they put together.

  • http://lettuceoffice.com nico

    Little projects like these are great! I love the aesthetic and the materiality.

  • Edmund sumner

    Why are small projects the most beautiful …
    Great work ….

  • huan_di

    nice woody lifestile

  • Tom Ford

    They drink tea-bags tea with lemon juice and sugar in the Czech Republic!

  • http://www.doubleglazingoxford.org.uk DoubleGlazingOxford

    Although it looks small it still feels refreshing staying there. It looks relaxing and enjoyable having some chit chat with your friends during tea time. Keep it up!