This project comprises small a contemporary Teahouse situated on the 19th floor roof of Vancouver’s Shaw Tower. While based on traditional Japanese Teahouses, and modeled on a Tatami mat module, the building is thoroughly modern. It features an accordioning table that folds into the floor, creating a level walking surface. When raised, the table accommodates sitting guests for tea ceremonies.

Kengo Kuma & Associates is lead designers and Merrick Architecture is the Executive Architect.

This Teahouse is richly appointed in wood decking and soffits, plus wood Shoji screens with a Washi paper ceiling on wood frames. Butt-joined structural glazing and doors complete the contemporary flavour of the structure. It is uniquely placed on the roof of a major downtown office and residential building. A treasure to discover.