Gen Sou En
- Location Brookline, MA
- Year 2018
- Team Shuji Suzumori, Mimu Sakuma, Iroha Ito, Alison Hammer (Hammer Design & Development)
- Size 7,500
The design of Gen Sou En Tea House is inspired by the Gen Sou En philosophy of blending tea and culture, with the spatial organization drawing from the Japanese Machiya row house typology, where an internal courtyard separates the commercial space in the front from the private dwelling area in the back. The tea house’s programmatic elements are nestled into gently ascending circular forms, whose clean lines house modern takes on traditional Japanese architectural features: tatami benches, horigotatsu (recessed seating), tea ceremony room, and the central nakaniwa garden, where a tree and grasses grow beneath a hooded circular skylight. The natural walnut, beech and charred wood material palette is offset with brass, tatami, Japanese stucco and exposed, weathered brick, blending the architectural language of traditional and contemporary Japan with a uniquely Boston character.