The Roof & Mushrooms Pavilion at Kyoto University of Art and Design was designed by Ryue Nishizawa and Nendo to be an organic pavilion that mimics the natural environment around it.
The pavilion itself functions not only as a roof to a pathway down the mountainside, but also as a wall, and it is meant to reproduce the feeling of walking through a dense forest.
It is surrounded by metal stools that were designed to mirror the shape and random patterns in which the local wild mushrooms grow.
It’s an amazing, fluid design, but I have to admit, I can’t look at it without wondering what it would feel like to skateboard down the length of it.
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I love cherry blossoms. Their soft pastel colors gently floating about the contrasting pitch branches.
They’re beautiful. They’re calming.
And they’re the perfect accompaniment to a tea house garden.
These particular cherry blossom trees, however, surround a particularly curious tea house. The Teahouse Tetsu in Hokuto, Japan doesn’t simply rest amongst the trees.
It rises above them.
Set atop a thick cypress trunk, this tea house is capable of swaying during high winds, due to the trunk’s support as it stretches up within the interior of the house.
This tea-in-the-sky spectacular was designed by Terunobu Fujimori for the Kiyharu Shirakaba Museum.