The Too High Tea House by Terunobu Fujimori
Terunobu Fujimori is the type of architect who has decided to strip his style from any modern tendencies and place himself in a world of architecture that might only be described as “Hobbit Houses”. All kidding aside, Mr. Fujimori is an architect who has looked into the depths of what people might call outdsider architecture, and culled his work from a place of complete freedom.
Take the Too High Tea House, for instance. This structure is completely free. What should be pointed out is that his work is also an attempt to get down to the basics of building, find the elegance and grace of natural materials, and to explore the most ancient of shelter creation techniques with those materials. The Too High Tea House is made from a structure consisting of three massive logs, the minimum number of structural elements to create stability in a house. The logs become the staircase, the foundation, the space differentiating partition, and the holder of the roof in this house. In essence the wood logs are the life force in the house and Fujimori has raised the house so high off the ground to remind you that these logs could take your life just as easily as it can give it if not cared for. It’s a tree-hugger house. It’s a poetic look at the possibilities and importance of natural materials.