Nana’s Green Tea is a Japanese teahouse chain that is trying to reinvent the image of the traditional drink, and introducing “a new form of Japan” to the world through “matcha” (a powdered green tea). The company’s intention is to move away from traditional “Japanese style tea rooms” and create a more contemporary one. With locations all throughout Japan now, Nana’s Green Tea is highly growing in popularity.
This location in Hiroshima was designed by Kamitopen, under the supervision of lead designer Masahiro Yoshida. The concept for the project was inspired by the Rotekian tea room and its history. Initially in the 16th century, the tea room only contained a skylight that would illuminate a small kitchen in a tea ceremony. The skylight would adjust the amount of light coming in. During the late 16th century and beginning of 17th century, the shape and size of windows changed to create a more open space, looking outwards.
Kamitopen adopted the principles of traditional tea rooms, into a contemporary setting. The design was created so it incorporates the skylight concept, and making it visible from above. In each part of the cafe, Kamitopen incorporates a big skylight to create the sense of a bigger space and adjust the amount of light coming in. The skylights were designed with a pattern inspired by the paper-cutting art of Cyatsuru.
Project Name: Rotekian
Location: 10-1 Hondori, Hiroshima Naka-ku, Hiroshima, 730-0035, Japan
Floor Area: 90.371 m²
Project Date: May-April 2012
Designer / Company: Masahiro Yoshida, Jin Hatanaka, Riyo Tsuhata / Kamitopen Architecture-Design Office co. ltd.
Architect / Company: Jyunji Shimada / KOWA-SANGYO
Client / Developer: Kazuto Kutami / NANAHA
Photographer: Keisuke Miyamoto
*All images and information courtesy of Kamitopen.