Go stargazing in this galaxy-inspired cluster of tea rooms in Japan

June 6, 2018 by  
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With a name that translates to “beautiful stars,” Bisei is a town in the Okayama Prefecture of West Japan that has long boasted a reputation as a popular stargazing destination. Now, a newly-added cluster of tea rooms in the Bisei countryside is making the nighttime activity even more enjoyable. Designed by Japanese architecture firm Moriyuki Ochiai , the sculptural Constellation of Stargazing Tea Rooms was completed earlier this year and offers stunning sky views. Extended across the rolling hills of Bisei, the Constellation of Stargazing Tea Rooms draws inspiration from the region’s status as a stargazing destination and as the birthplace of Eisai, a Japanese Buddhist priest who is believed to have introduced green tea to Japan. Commissioned by Pasona Group and irbisei, the open-air structures are painted a variety of striking colors and provide shelter and connection with the outdoors. “The Japanese tea room was developed as an enclosed microcosm called a “enclosure,” and as such, each unit is designed as a spatial installation where one can perceive minute changes in its natural surroundings and experience the wonder and mystery of natural phenomena,” wrote the architects at Moriyuki Ochiai. “Painted with stellar colors, each volume presents polygonal openings from which can be taken in the beautiful offerings of nature such as light, rain and the starry night sky. Moreover, mirrors placed on the exterior walls reflect the ever-changing outdoor environment like the water surface of rice paddies scattered across Bisei, thus modifying the look and perception of the constructions throughout the day.” Related: ARCHSTUDIO inserts a modern teahouse into an ancient Chinese structure The open arrangement of the “galaxy of tea rooms” is also conducive for a variety of events. The site is expected to host gatherings and performances hosted by the Astronomy Club, the Tea Ceremony Club, as well as other groups throughout the year. The layout also responds to the undulating terrain and is crafted to look like an extension of the landscape. + Moriyuki Ochiai Images by Fumio Araki

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This breezy island home may look like a giant screened-porch but it’s so much more

February 21, 2016 by  
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September 15, 2015 by  
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“The world’s best restaurant,” Noma, to close and reopen as an urban farm

September 15, 2015 by  
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World renowned chef René Redzepi has announced plans to close Copenhagen’s revered Noma restaurant, which is largely considered to be one of “the world’s best.” But that’s not the end of the line for this food paradise. Instead, Redzepi intends to reopen the restaurant at its new, expanded location, complete with its own urban farm . The plan is ambitious, particularly since the neighborhood of the new location is spray-painted, dilapidated, and seemingly long-forgotten. Read the rest of “The world’s best restaurant,” Noma, to close and reopen as an urban farm

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Vegetated Floating Island In The Sky Goes Missing From UK Music Festival

August 2, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Vegetated Floating Island In The Sky Goes Missing From UK Music Festival Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , art installation , Burning Man , eco design , eco-art , Floating Island , green design , helium balloon , helium installation , Is Land , Is Land floating island , missing island , secret garden party , UK

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INTERVIEW: We Talk Hemp with South African Materials Expert Tony Budden

August 2, 2011 by  
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Gehry’s Santa Monica Place Goes Green With LEED Renovation

September 7, 2010 by  
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Image © Babak Bassir Recently executive architects, Omniplan literally blew the roof off of Frank Gehry’s Santa Monica Place , pursuing hopes of LEED Silver in one of the United State’s largest sustainable retail renovations.

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