Ryogoku is cherished for a century as the first station of the Sobu Line train. The Ryogokubashi Tea House is created in the renewal project of the station, brought in to provide comforting Honyamacha tea to its short-dwellers, by the station as the host.
During centuries of Edo period of Japan, this area used to be spotted with countless tea shops in the ancient times, is represented through the craftsmanship and stories embedded in the tools and props in the space design, taking advantage of the location characteristics and its original take on the tea culture.
The elevation plan spans with length in a narrow corridor, which we took it as a hint to draw designs from the concept, Tori-Doma (seen in old peasant housing called Long Houses), which is a traditional Japanese townhouse courtyard, and happens to be the same shape. To do so, we crafted aged beam that structured the ceiling and persisted the look with lighting fixtures ordered to be made to perfection by traditional crafts family (a treasured group of artists weaving folk art creations for over a century), using tea-picking bamboo baskets. The result is a harmony of unique history and tradition, shown in light coming through the woven surfaces.
In addition, artists are invited to create artwork together with designers, that stands out with the usage of old books on Tea, rich with details such as plate-finishing and lumber processing by skilled craftsmen, to tell and add onto the story of Ryogokubashi Station.