Architecture Design of Jeju Island Tea House

Description About The Project

Jeju Island Tea House designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira + Carlos Castanheira in the South Korean island of Jeju in the Korea Strait. It’s known for its beach resorts and volcanic landscape of craters and cavelike lava tubes.

The brief is quite simple. A generous living space, where one could, ceremonially, prepare, serve and taste a precious tea, but also, and with equal ceremony, open a bottle and taste an excellent wine. So, the classification is that Tea House is somewhat broader than its title. A bedroom for rest, but also somewhere a visitor could stay overnight with every comfort. A bathroom, for the typical Korean use, might be full or partial.

The Tea House would meet the ground in stone. The almost black, volcanic stone of Jeju, and that all its structure, partitions, and fix furniture is timber. Then, the timber chosen was Afizélia, or Dossié – afzélia pachyloba. Experience with the Casa de Chá da Boa Nova – Álvaro Siza 1958-1963 – validated its qualities, even in a location so close to the sea and with harsh weather conditions.

The Architecture Design Project Information:

Jeju Island Tea House designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira + Carlos Castanheira
The garden, designed by Seo-Ahn STL Total Landscape, the same landscape architect who designed the garden of the House, is one of those surprises that almost only happens in Korea. Because it is the result of experience accumulated over many centuries.
Jeju Island Tea House designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira + Carlos Castanheira
Jeju Island Tea House designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira + Carlos Castanheira
Jeju Island Tea House designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira + Carlos Castanheira
The house located on a beautiful plot with the spectacular views of the sea.
Jeju Island Tea House designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira + Carlos Castanheira
Jeju Island Tea House designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira + Carlos Castanheira
Jeju Island Tea House designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira + Carlos Castanheira
Jeju Island Tea House designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira + Carlos Castanheira
It’s a fact that the materials should be stone, timber, and copper.
Copper sheeting formed the roof cover for the Jeju Island Tea House.
Jeju Island Tea House designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira + Carlos Castanheira
In addition to this, outside of Jeju Island Tea House, there is a generous cover veranda, which facing South and a large terrace, facing East.
Jeju Island Tea House designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira + Carlos Castanheira
Timber is the main material used for the interior. Hence, it creates the cozy spaces yet still chic.
Jeju Island Tea House designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira + Carlos Castanheira
The spaces of the room looks luxurious with the hanging lamp adorned.
Also, the partitions are sliding screens that, copying and interpreting the beautiful traditional examples. It allows the bedroom of Jeju Island Tea House to be either totally or partially enclosed, or to open completely to the landscape.
Jeju Island Tea House designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira + Carlos Castanheira
And it’s the same in the bathroom to open to the landscape.
Jeju Island Tea House designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira + Carlos Castanheira
The plan of the house.
Jeju Island Tea House designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira + Carlos Castanheira
Jeju Island Tea House designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira + Carlos Castanheira

The Jeju Island Tea House Gallery:

Text by the Architects:  First, we built the House – the Jeju House. Afterward, we asked to design a Tea House. What Is a Tea House? Was our first question. It’s such a privilege to be an architect, to be confronted with new projects, new challenges. To solve something, study and learn.

Photo credit: Park Wansoon| Source: Álvaro Siza Vieira + Carlos Castanheira

For more information about this project; please contact the Architecture firm :
– Add: Rua Conselheiro Veloso da Cruz, nº 61, 4400 – 094 Vila Nova de Gaia – Portugal
– Tel: + 351 223 704 910
– Email: [email protected]

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