Situated on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, the ‘glass tea house mondrian’ by japanese artist hiroshi sugimoto unites wood, glass and water as a pavilion, holding the traditional japanese tea ceremony within its transparent walls. the temporary structure, presented at the venice architecture biennale 2014 as part of the activities of le stanze del vetro, consists of two main elements: an open-air landscape courtyard and an enclosed glass cube. the garden follows a path leading along a forty-foot-long reflecting pool completely covered in bisazza mosaic from the fondazione bisazza, guiding the visitor to a lucent space, inside which the cultural ritual is performed. the pavilion hosts two visitors at once, together with the master of the tea ceremony, while the other spectators — up to a maximum of 30 — can take part by watching around the perimeter of the volume.
Just one more very good reason to make it to Venice this year!!