Abodes of Emptiness -
Building of Japanese Teahouses: 'Sukiya'

The notion of emptiness engenders compassion.


Since 2016 Lars Schmidt introduces the establishment of 'Abodes of Emptiness' ('Sukiya') - spaces solely intended to harbour sensations of tranquility and poetic impulses.

The Sukiyas are being built on demand by Ursula Kohli Soko, a master of the japanese tea ceremony and highly skilled crafts woman.

"The Sukiya, which is the Japanese word for tea-room, does not pretend to be anything else than a mere cottage - a straw hut, as we call it.
The original ideographs for Sukiya mean the Abode of Fantasy or Imagination. Later on the various tea-masters substituted various Chinese characters according to their conception of the tea-room, and the term Sukiya may signify the Abode of Emptiness or the Abode of the Unsymmetrical.
It is an Abode of Fantasy or Imagination inasmuch as it is an ephemeral structure built to house a poetic sensation and impulse.
It is an Abode of Emptiness inasmuch as it is devoid of ornamentation except for what may be placed in it to satisfy some aesthetic need of the moment.
It is an Abode of the Unsymmetrical inasmuch as it is consecrated to the worship of the Imperfect, purposely leaving some thing unfinished for the play of the imagination to complete."

text from 'The Book Of Tea' by Kakuzo Okakura


The Sukiyas you see on the photos have all been realized by Ursula Kohli Soko, www.dogudesign.ch