Michael Walch

Digital Tea House in January issue of Domus

Posted in Digital Tea House Project by michaelwalch on 16 February, 2011

More publication!  Thank you very much to Salvator-John Liotta and Kaon Ko for orchestrating this!

The Digital Tea House projects were featured in a two-page spread and article in the January issue of Domus.

You can read the article at Domus’ website, or of course the magazine.


Digital Tea House article on Domus Web

Posted in Digital Tea House Project by michaelwalch on 27 October, 2010

First, we at GSAPP are trying to get more creative with our project name.  I proposed calling it the Field House/Tea House in reference to the ways the programmatic attractors in Grasshopper work as weights within a field of influence, the focus within the project on the detailed treatment of various surfaces and deviations from regular components, as well as the more literal space and the way it is connected to the outdoors.  So, Field House/Tea House by GSAPP.

Now the continued exciting news: the tea house project has been written up in Domus online!  It includes lots of photos along individual descriptions of all three projects.  The text of the article is attributed to Kaon Ko (of Noiz Architects) and Salvator-John Liotta (Postdoc at University of Tokyo Department of Architecture) – both were integral to organizing the project.  Many thanks to them!  There are rumors of an article in an upcoming print issue of Domus… we’ll see!

Digital Tea House Exhibition

Posted in Digital Tea House Project by michaelwalch on 19 October, 2010

If you happen to be in Tokyo, come by the UTDA+GSAPP Digital Tea House exhibit at the Ozone Gallery in Shinjuku!  Models and photos of all three tea houses will be displayed, and two of them will be fully rebuilt in the gallery space!

See more of the GSAPP Digital Tea House project, including the exhibition portfolio, here.

GSAPP + UTDA Digital Tea House Published in Shinkenchiku Journal

Posted in Digital Tea House Project by michaelwalch on 1 October, 2010

The UTDA + GSAPP Digital Tea House project is the cover story of the October issue of Shinkenchiku (published in Japan, related to A+U).  The three projects have an eight-page article including lots of photos, screen shots from Rhino with Grasshopper, and drawings by the student teams.  Truly amazing coverage of the project – congratulations to everyone!  See the table of contents of the October issue of Shinkenchiku, or buy a copy at the Shinkenchiku online store.

Digital Tea House Model 2.1 – Contours and Renders

Posted in Digital Tea House Project by michaelwalch on 19 July, 2010

Here are some Rhino ‘renderings’ of the sitting/posture ideas, and, to start to suggest a fabrication method, sectional contours:

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First Tea House Model

Posted in Digital Tea House Project by michaelwalch on 13 July, 2010

Here are photos of my first model study for the Digital Tea House project.  My major interests were in sitting space and controlling views and air and light penetration and registration through the space.  I started with a traditional 4.5-tatami mat square plan.  Slats wrapping around the exterior volume rotate at an even increment to provide direct horizontal views and ventilation, and opacity in between.  The floor would have a grooving pattern akin to zen rock gardens to define seating and circulation spaces and thresholds.  This would be reflected on the ceiling as a three-dimensional field of hanging strings, which would move in response to people entering and moving around the space as well as breezes which would flow through the upper reaches of the space.  The space registers presence and movement of the tea participants as well as the light and air.

Further investigations, coming soon:

Breaking the box/tatami module.  I’m definitely interested in having the form respond more to the seated tea ceremony and differentiating it better to the program.

Considering postures, a la Galen CranzThe Chair.  I honestly hate 90-degree seating and would love to think of a way that people are in some respects ‘bowing’ throughout the ceremony by providing a way to kneel or perch while enjoying the tea.

Providing for adjust-ability/field-modification.  The model I made can only accommodate one configuration and must be worked out in advance.  Smaller and more variable components would allow for both of these.

The air space below.  Brigette and Toru asked (typical GSAPP!) what happened if I turned my model on its side.  I’m curious too… maybe there’s a way to give a sense of floating, or at least activate the space below the traditional raised floor of the tea house, incorporating it into the space and ceremony.

More to come soon!