Launch Slideshow

A 4-inch-thick wood entry door welcomes visitors to the pavilion, used as a tea house, meditation room, and stage for family musical performances.

Tea House, Bethesda, MD.

Tea House, Bethesda, MD.

  • The structurally hung pavilion has a wind stabilizer, and mechanicals are embedded in the floor, with lines to underground compressors. A truck bed liner material protects the bottom.

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    The structurally hung pavilion has a wind stabilizer, and mechanicals are embedded in the floor, with lines to underground compressors. A truck bed liner material protects the bottom.

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    Paul Warchol

    The structurally hung pavilion has a wind stabilizer, and mechanicals are embedded in the floor, with lines to underground compressors. A truck bed liner material protects the bottom.

  • A 4-inch-thick wood entry door welcomes visitors to the pavilion, used as a tea house, meditation room, and stage for family musical performances.

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    A 4-inch-thick wood entry door welcomes visitors to the pavilion, used as a tea house, meditation room, and stage for family musical performances.

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    Paul Warchol

    A 4-inch-thick wood entry door welcomes visitors to the pavilion, used as a tea house, meditation room, and stage for family musical performances.

  • Bamboo stands and a truss canopy create a sense of journey to the entryway.

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    Bamboo stands and a truss canopy create a sense of journey to the entryway.

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    Paul Warchol

    Bamboo stands and a truss canopy create a sense of journey to the entryway.

  • The floor is made from the exposed end blocks of vertical-grain Douglas fir. The ceiling folds down in the middle, like a dreidel, and echoes the steel cross-bracing.

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    The floor is made from the exposed end blocks of vertical-grain Douglas fir. The ceiling folds down in the middle, like a dreidel, and echoes the steel cross-bracing.

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    Paul Warchol

    The floor is made from the exposed end blocks of vertical-grain Douglas fir. The ceiling folds down in the middle, like a dreidel, and echoes the steel cross-bracing.

  • Jameson thinks of the tea house as a ghost structure: you occupy space inside the floating steel frame.

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    Jameson thinks of the tea house as a ghost structure: you occupy space inside the floating steel frame.

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    Paul Warchol

    Jameson thinks of the tea house as a ghost structure: you occupy space inside the floating steel frame.

  • A folded steel origami stair is suspended in a poured concrete plinth.

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    A folded steel origami stair is suspended in a poured concrete plinth.

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    Paul Warchol

    A folded steel origami stair is suspended in a poured concrete plinth.

  • Circuitous stepping stones set up a procession experience symbolic of cleansing the mind.

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    Circuitous stepping stones set up a procession experience symbolic of cleansing the mind.

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    Paul Warchol

    Circuitous stepping stones set up a procession experience symbolic of cleansing the mind.

  • The patterned cherry ceiling evokes an abstracted tatami mat.

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    The patterned cherry ceiling evokes an abstracted tatami mat.

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    Paul Warchol

    The patterned cherry ceiling evokes an abstracted tatami mat.

david jameson architect
alexandria, va.

This elegant pavilion takes the tea ceremony to a new level—literally. The bronze and glass structure, hanging from steel beams like a Japanese lantern, is a metaphor for the mental attitude of mindfulness, and the meditative detachment from thought and time. David Jameson, FAIA, likes playing with the notion of in-between physical space, too. The path from main house to teahouse moves from rectangular stepping stones in the lawn to crushed gravel, where the stepping stones become irregular and wind between the pavilion and its steel superstructure. “Your mind begins to cleanse itself as you weave through the bamboo. The path is irregular, the gravel is crunchy, and the between space is activated,” Jameson says.

Designed for use as a teahouse, meditation space, and family music stage, most of the building was shop-fabricated. Its details demonstrate Jameson’s belief that the outside of a building should hint at what’s inside. The superstructure’s steel cross-bracing alludes to the dreidel-like quality of the roof and ceiling—thin at the edges and folding up on the outside, down on the inside. “Increasing the ceiling depth toward the center makes the space more intimate,” he says, and enhances the acoustics.

The jury praised the teahouse’s modern translation and it’s smart, rich detailing. “The Miesian connection is very strong,” one judge said.


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product details

doors, exterior siding, lighting fixtures, windows (custom): RKI Inc., www.rkiinc.net; hvac equipment: Daikin, www.daikin.com; insulation: Dow Building Solutions, www.building.dow.com