Japanese Tea Sukiya - Nichols Arboretum, Ann Arbor, MI
Undergraduate Pre-Architecture Studio - Professor Jen Harmon
Starting with the proportion of the tatami mat, each volume steps up to greet each visitor with a 3' slip entrance where one must bow upon entry. Within each volume, a guest can face inward towards the heart and collective center, or outward in a more private orientation to immerse oneself into the surrounding landscape. The roji path leads one inside...
The tokonoma is pulled away from the collective to work phenomenologically bridging one with the distant forest.