Czech studio A1 Architects covered the walls of this cafe in Prague with a tactile mixture of black plaster, coal and pieces of straw, in a modern take on the clay plasters used inside traditional Japanese tea houses (+ slideshow). More
Jars of tea and second-hand books are separated in stacked wooden cubes at a Taipei teahouse. More
Visitors to this timber tea house sit beneath a woven rope dome with a gilded skylight and a hanging teapot in the middle. More
A music recital room resembling a Japanese tea house hangs like a lantern in the garden of a residence northwest of Washington DC. More
We're heading to Tokyo today for Tokyo design week so, while we're on the plane, here is some contemporary Japanese architecture for you to enjoy, courtesy of New Zen, a recent book about contemporary Japanese tea houses published by 8Books. The project shown here is Souan Tea House by Toshihiko Suzuki, which was built in 2003.