NUIT BLANCHE INDEPENDENT PROJECT PROPOSAL

KINOKO: SUDDENLY IN THE DARK,
A TEAHOUSE.
CASEY WONG
Itsumo Studio
A teahouse has only one dimension of experience (albeit a very deep one), as opposed to our current
shallow but multidimen...
Project Summary.

I plan to build a teahouse, called Kinoko, in the basement of 401 Richmond.
It will be a teahouse built ...
Main Stairs                                                   En Route

Project Description.

Audiences will approach the ...
Feasibility

The teahouse will be designed using state of the art parametric 3D modeling, and built using
sustainable mate...
Materials
Bamboo – 25 meters of ½” diameter or
smaller
Tyvek – 1 roll
Cable ties – 2 packages
Rare earth magnets – 2 boxes...
Safety Concerns

The lightweight nature, as well as the use of my chosen materials in construction should mean that
there ...
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Our proposal to the city of Toronto for the 2010 Nuit Blanche. Essentially it proposes a subterranean teahouse with a garden.

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Casey Wong Kinoko Section C2

  1. 1. NUIT BLANCHE INDEPENDENT PROJECT PROPOSAL KINOKO: SUDDENLY IN THE DARK, A TEAHOUSE. CASEY WONG Itsumo Studio
  2. 2. A teahouse has only one dimension of experience (albeit a very deep one), as opposed to our current shallow but multidimensional, multimediated paradigm. The tea ceremony, at its heart is but three things; Boil the water, make the tea, enjoy the tea. However, the deliberateness of the Using minimal materials, such as wood, mud and paper, teahouses are traditionally built so as to almost lift out of the landscape, with a very small footprint. The beauty of the landscape is universally accepted. Landscape is as much natural as it is the signs of human interaction with nature. Combining my interests in architecture, design and cultural practices I propose a teahouse, to be built within 401 Richmond. Deep underground, through a low brick arched passage, a teahouse will be found by visitors in an alcove. If one is lucky, they will be able to experience a formal serving of tea. For everyone else, the teahouse will serve its other traditional purpose as a resting spot for weary travelers, who will be revived with a friendly cup of tea and a spot to sit.
  3. 3. Project Summary. I plan to build a teahouse, called Kinoko, in the basement of 401 Richmond. It will be a teahouse built in the spirit of traditional teahouses, but using contemporary materials and techniques, and serving a contemporary audience. Leading up to, and away from the teahouse will be a secret garden. Kinoko (mushroom) evolved out of my appreciation of tea, and the observation that there needs to be a respite from the hectic life where everything is fast; fast food, fast yoga, etc. The teahouse will transform the space into an area of tranquility and reflection.
  4. 4. Main Stairs En Route Project Description. Audiences will approach the teahouse via the main stairs to the basement, which run from the Richmond entrance of 401 Richmond. At the bottom of the stairs they will notice a small garden flanking a low (6 foot) brick arched corridor. The garden will consist of a small amount of rocks and earth moved on site for the event, as well as small plants and oth- er materials, arranged in a deliberate way to denote an entrance. A volunteer should be stationed at the bottom of the stairs or near the entrance to direct visitors, and answer questions. Tunnel Entrance Inside the Tunnel Teahouse site The Tunnel, which symbolizes the journey that one embarks on to arrive at the teahouse, is approximately three feet wide by six feet tall by ten feet long. LED candles in a paper sconce, or some other such type of light diffuser will light it. A soundscape of wind and other natural sounds, playing in the Tunnel will signify the beginning of the jour- ney. Visitors emerge out of the tunnel after ten feet, into the Anteroom, a small room with green mossy walls and a curtain. The Anteroom and Tunnel will allow the visitor time to cleanse their mental palate before arriving at the teahouse. After ten feet of tunnel, a small room will appear on the left of the visitor. The room, normally used for storing brick, will contain a small teahouse, large enough for three people. The teahouse will look like a softly glow- ing fungus During the earlier part of the evening, tea practitioners from various traditions will hold a tea ceremony at scheduled intervals. During the times when there are no ceremonies being performed, visitors are invited to enjoy the space, to rest and reflect. When ready, the visitor can continue on the path, through another set of curtains and back to the normal world.
  5. 5. Feasibility The teahouse will be designed using state of the art parametric 3D modeling, and built using sustainable materials. I have been experimenting with lightweight structures and construction techniques for the past two years, and I will use that experience to build the teahouse. The site I have chosen affords multiple methods of construction/suspension, which gives me a lot of flexibility in terms of material use and structure.
  6. 6. Materials Bamboo – 25 meters of ½” diameter or smaller Tyvek – 1 roll Cable ties – 2 packages Rare earth magnets – 2 boxes Fishing line – 1 spool LED candles - 10 Sprouts – about 2 pounds Various plants – 50 Earth/dirt – 2 bags Fabric for noren/curtain – 4 yards Eyehooks – 1 package Hemp rope – 50 meters Equipment Portable tatami mats - 3 Sterno burners – 10 Tea pot - 3 Tea cups - 10 Tea leaves – 4 packages Water heater - 1 Video projector - 1 Speakers – 1 set Extension cable - 3 Black duct tape – 2 rolls Stools – 2-4 Table - 1 Lights – 2-3 Staff Tea experts, Sorlie Madox, Setsuko Sanagawa, Julian Lall Tea stall staff – 2 per shift, 3 shifts Volunteers – One at the Tunnel entrance and preferably one at the exit to direct visitors and assist the Stall staff.
  7. 7. Safety Concerns The lightweight nature, as well as the use of my chosen materials in construction should mean that there be no significant structural problems. I will be in discussion with an engineer during the design/build phase for any structural safety concerns, and I will abide by fire regulations, as stated in the Ontario Building Code. I will be working closely with 401 Richmond maintenance and administrative staff to ensure that security and safety concerns are addressed.

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