Tea Ceremony Room

©2005 Akio Hizume

Nov. 2005

Supported by
Tourist Association of Nagaoka City

Just a few years ago, I built Sunflower Tower Cone (2003 Miami) and Sunflower Tower Catenary (2004 Kyoto) based on the Golden Mean Geometry.
They were temporary monumental sculptures.
This attempt is a development of the same principle as a practical architecture.
Although it is the simplest way, I believe this is a prototype which should become an effective bamboo house against earthquake.
We can sophisticate the prototype from now.

A computer graphics before construction.

This is an exhaustive mathematical architecture based on the Golden Mean.
It will be kept here for 3 years at least.
The sub-chief priest of the YOHKOKU Temple named it "JO-CHIKU-AN".

Roof: 75 parts (about 13 poles of MOSO Bamboo cut down in NAGAOKA area).
Wall and floor: Plywood panels.
Basement: Concrete blocks.
Height: 4.5m
Floor space: 3.9m^2
Seven persons can sit maximum surrounding the fire place.

The term of construction work
One week for preparation.
One day for construction.
One day for roofing.

Inside view.
Here is a kind of meditative space.

The entrance called "NIJIRI-GUCHI".
A guest has to stoop to pass through the round entrance.

In the daytime, the Fibonacci Tower was used as a Japanese Tea Ceremony Room.
Ms. Hayashi held tea ceremony for many guests.
Ms. Mohri arranged flowers in the bamboo pot.

A sunken fireplace cut in the middle of floor.
I covered the floor with carpet of natural Japanese maple fallen leaves.

Mr. Sasaki enjoyed the Tea Ceremony.

In the nighttime, the Fibonacci Tower became a fascinating dinner room.

Finally, I made an experimental roof using MOSO bamboo branch.

Bamboo Roof should protect the structure against rain.

After roofing, the inside view is more dynamic.

photo: S. Sasaki

photo: S. Sasaki

If people build a fire here everyday, the smoke makes the bamboo roof structure strong little by little.
It's basic human's life!

I invented and made the "Tri-Lock Door" impromptu.
It has explosion technique like a puzzle.

Beside above activities, I performed musical work called the "Fibonacci Kecak" in the Temple with my friends.
We played in concert with monks of the Temple once. The monks played traditional Buddhist chanting with our Fibonacci Kecak.
It was really exciting!
We promised to do it again the next year.

Special Thanks
Sujin SASAKI, Masaaki NODA, Sachie NODA, Yumi INOUE,
Ayumi SHIBA, Keiko SEI, Shoko KITAMURA, Akiho MORI,
Mayumi KONISHI, Sachiko IMANISHI, Mayumi KOMORI,
Kazuyuki OGAKI, Nobutaka UEDA, Tomoko NINOMIYA
Fuculty of Art & Design, Osaka Seikei University

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