Behind the slick facade made out of laminated-glass panes lies a courtyard filled with 6,800 platinum-glazed ceramic tiles. They were designed by the danish light artist Olafur Eliasson and represented a problem to Ando, who usually just works with concrete, steel and glass. Attaching them to the concrete wall is no easy task even for the skilful architect but they managed to create a very interesting space that changes its appearance by adjusting the light. The owner Obayashi named the house Yu-un. The two Japanese characters mean to enjoy/ wonder (yu) and to retreat/ hermitage (un) describing what the house contains – a guesthouse for the owner and at the same time a gallery to display his rich collection of contemporary art.
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”Contrasting with both concrete and platinum tiles are the cedar, washi paper and tatami of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony room. Tucked between two art galleries at the base of the courtyard, the space was based on Konnichian, an ancient tea room at the Urasenke School of Tea in Kyoto.” They situated the tea room uncommonly in the center of the happening. “But [Ando says] of course this is a new era, isn’t it? We wanted to try a new style.”
article: Architectural Digest