Kyoto Xiaoman

Kyoto Xiaoman

Architect
Koyori
Location
313, Sainokamicho, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 602-0814, Japan | View Map
Project Year
2017
Category
Shops
Junichi Usui

Kyoto Xiaoman

Koyori as Architects

Kyoto Xiaoman is a Taiwanese tea salon and gallery built by renovating a machiya, or Japanese traditional townhouse built near Kyoto Goen more than 80 years ago.


The owner’s request was to create a simple, delicate space where salon visitors can find scenes and backgrounds of Taiwanese teas.


Just as she weaves background stories and origins of teas while serving them, she desired a place where visitors can not merely enjoy drinking tea but also explore the world of tea—taste and smell, mountains and forests, lively alpine animals and plants, and lives of harvesters and their history.


Given such request, we sought a balance between the desired space and the potential of the existing building.


In realizing a space encouraging the visitors to feel tea leaves grown in the bosom of nature, we selected materials which would show different faces in ever-changing time, weather and seasons, and develop flavors as they age. We have also taken note of the scales and details to maximize their fine qualities.


With due respect to the way machiya ought to be and its scale, we have then added functions for the gallery and the Taiwanese tea salon and surrounded the space by plastering, using natural materials including mud walls and Kyoto Kurotani Washi (traditional Japanese paper) which change over time.


Furnishing the opening with Shoji door to suit any occasion, time period and weather conditions, the lighting plans have been designed to harmonize with the use of space and the reflection of light coming in from the opening.


This place will be a new cultural center where Japanese culture wafting from this traditional building of machiya and the owner’s concept of Taiwanese tea culture blend together.


Type: Renovation

Use: Gallery and tea salon

Location: Kyoto City

Completion: December 2017

Cooperation: Atelier Salt (Yoji Fujiwara)

Kurotani Washi: Wataru Hatano

Lighting plan: NEW LIGHT POTTELY

Plasterwork: Hiroaki Obata

Photo: Junichi Usui


Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
Under the Willow Tree by Objekt Architechten provides residents an ecologically-minded house in a beautiful green setting
14 May 2022 News
Under the Willow Tree by Objekt Architechten provides residents an ecologically-minded house in a beautiful green setting

In the middle of the countryside at the highest point of the village of Ninove, Belgium, an existing... More

Park Associati’s Luxottica Digital Factory project reinterprets and revitalizes an existing industrial building in Milan
14 May 2022 News
Park Associati’s Luxottica Digital Factory project reinterprets and revitalizes an existing industrial building in Milan

In Milan, Park Associati’s Luxottica Digital Factory project reinterprets an existing industri... More

Luconi architetti mix modern elements with traditional Alpine architecture
14 May 2022 News
Luconi architetti mix modern elements with traditional Alpine architecture

Located in the Alpine region of Madesimo, Italy, Baita MV by Luconi architetti comprises an extensio... More

OMA inverts theater typology by plugging three cantilevered theaters into a central cube
13 May 2022 News
OMA inverts theater typology by plugging three cantilevered theaters into a central cube

Rem Koolhaas sees the Taipei Performing Arts Center as close as they have ever been to defining a ne... More

Material and structural capacity of concrete defines the design of Casa de Alisa
12 May 2022 News
Material and structural capacity of concrete defines the design of Casa de Alisa

In Nonthaburi, Thailand, Casa de Alisa by Stu/D/O Architects is defined by the material and structur... More

Sakinaw Lake House celebrates the beauty of Canada’s Sunshine Coast
12 May 2022 News
Sakinaw Lake House celebrates the beauty of Canada’s Sunshine Coast

Located on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Sakinaw Lake House by WOVEN Architecture and Desi... More

David Chipperfield complete renovation of Venice’s Procuratie Vecchie on the Piazza San Marco
12 May 2022 News
David Chipperfield complete renovation of Venice’s Procuratie Vecchie on the Piazza San Marco

In 2017, David Chipperfield’s Milan studio won the commision for the renovation of the Procura... More

A dynamic new bus stop for Santiago de Compostela serves as both a building and viewpoint
11 May 2022 News
A dynamic new bus stop for Santiago de Compostela serves as both a building and viewpoint

This new bus station in Santiago de Compostela sees the concept of building merge with that of a vie... More