A Japanese Way of Life
The tearoom(the Sukiya) is a space for the mind to retreat to the simple and beautiful aspects of life. The internal simplicity of the form concentrates the mind and view to the inner garden. Drawing the mind through the Tea processes allows the tea drinker to start the meditative process. There are no distractions. The spaces are very internalized and minimal to allow the person to fully take in the view of the garden when seated. The windows are placed low to the Tatami mats so that you can see into the garden when you are drinking tea. The shape of the shell was derived from the form of the tree canopy creating the symbolic place of thought and refuge. The symbolism of being under a tree goes hand in hand with the purpose of Teaism.
The purpose of a tearoom is to be at peace and harmony with nature. In Forsyth Park there is already a garden-like area that is formed by the foliage, which is optimal for a tearoom. The buildings are also hidden rather than exposed. Conceivably, if a building is central to a park it becomes an urban intersection for the city. The trees protect the views of the park against direct sunlight and wind. Placing the site in the northern corner minimizes interference with other park activities.
The amphitheater is designed as a multi-use facility. It can be used for a variety of things such as galleries, concerts, movie in the park, festivals, private parties, and business events. The form is based off the radial geometry of Forsyth Park. It connects to the other complexes through geometry and circulation patterns in the park. The forms in the seating area are representational of a tree which defines the area. There is a tree that is dying and will be removed that will be used to make the sculptural seating.