La Biennale di Venezia: Le Stanze del Vetro - Hiroshi Sugimoto. The “Glass Tea House Mondrian” is a temporary pavilion designed by the Japanese artist and photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto as part of the activities of Le Stanze del Vetro on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Hiroshi Sugimoto is known worldwide for his black-and-white photographs, and for the first time ever he designed an architectural building in Venice.
Glass Tea House Mondrian. Glass Tea House Mondrian is inspired by pre-modern abstraction, as perfected by Sen no Rikyu, in the Japanese tradition of the tea ceremony. The Pavilion consists of two main elements, an open-air landscape and an enclosed glass cube. The landscape follows a path along a reflecting pool leading the visitor to a glass cube, inside which the traditional Japanese tea ceremony will be performed regularly.
Glass Tea House Mondrian. Inspired by the Ise-shrine, the exterior fence around the pavilion is made entirely of cedar wood and realized through a contribution by Sumitomo Forestry Co. Ltd. Hiroshi Sugimoto and Sumitomo Forestry chose the cedar wood from the Tohoku region for their commitment in helping to reconstruct areas which were devastated by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.