Photography: Takuya Watanabe

Is this the only teahouse in the world that can be packed flat and put in the post? The dome-shaped ‘Shi-An’ pavilion is made of 4,000 pieces of interlocking origami.

Katagiri Architects + Design and Akinori Inuzuka Design created the tiny temporary architectural structure which has just enough space for two to enjoy the tea ceremony. It’s currently located at Nijō Castle in Kyoto, where the honeycomb texture of its washi paper contrasts the 400-year-old wooden beams overhead.

The paper has been folded so it slots together without glue, meaning it can also be quickly disassembled and built elsewhere – or expanded to accommodate more people.

[Via Spoon + Tomago]

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