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Mountain retreat tea house
(Sankyo Cha-shitsu)
designed 2002; made 2010

polyurethane on stained Oak (Quercus sp.) (Nara) and Ash (Franxinus sp.), bamboo, straw, copper
231.0 × 284.6 × 284.6 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Asian Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by Pauline Gandel, 2010
© Uchida Shigeru
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Gordon Darling Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Uchida Shigeru's tea house Sankyo Cha-shitsu is an elegant work of contemporary design that displays traditional Japanese aesthetics and the historical practice of tea ceremony as an important influence in 21st century Japanese culture. Constucted from black coloured oak wood and bamboo lattice - see through - walls it includes aspects of traditional tea houses in the form of straw matting (tatami), entrance alcove to hang calligraphy (kakemono) and built-in pit (ro) to heat the water for tea. The tea house is designed to be both a simple and beautiful object in the spirit of Zen as well as a functioning tea house that been used by many members the largest practicing school of tea, Urasenke.