Excerpt: Nanaha Corporation introduces a new form of Japan through “matcha” (powdered green tea) in a modern style, aiming to create a contemporary tea room. Korakuen, one of Japan’s three beautiful gardens, was created by Ikeda Tsunamasa to provide a relaxing place for visitors. The garden’s view includes Sou Mountain, creating depth and overlapping the mountains with the garden’s bright view. The borrowed scene of mountains and partitions from the ceiling create a “space between the mountains and the sky,” creating a unique and immersive experience for visitors.
“A space between the mountains and the sky”
[Text as submitted by architect] Nanaha Corporation is a company that introduces “a new form of Japan” to the world through “matcha” (powdered green tea). They arrange high-grade matches in a modern style and provide them as a menu item, such as a matcha latte. And their intention is to make the space into a “contemporary style tea room”, not a “Japanese style tea room”.
In Okayama Prefecture, there is Korakuen, one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens.
Ikeda Tsunamasa, the second lord of Okayama-han, ordered his men to create Korakuen with the intention of making it a relaxing place. It is a garden that is designed to enjoy the view from the various buildings that are built inside. The scenery has been changed due to the preferences of the lords of each time as well as the situation of society, but those changes have made the history of the garden.
Normally, a borrowed scene would be put in front of the garden. However, the view from Korakuen’s tea room includes Sou Mountain, which is located outside of the garden, making it look like it is part of the garden. As a result of the mountains overlapping with the bright view of the garden, it seems as if the garden itself has depth.
Therefore, I suggested bringing in a borrowed scene of mountains in the shop.
The mountains that come out of the floor function as partitions. And the partitions that hang from the ceiling, which cut the air, express the sky that had been cut by the mountains. By putting both together, I have created “a space between the mountains and the sky”.