Antioch Tea House
April 2012 - present
In 2012 a four person collaborative group of professional artists/architects/designers/builders including Sara Black (Professor of Art at Antioch College), Rod Northcutt, Charlie Vinz (designer and architect), and Jillian Soto (writer and artist) embarked on a multi-part design build project with Antioch College students and community members at the newly reopened at Antioch College. The project focused the creation of a community gathering space on the Antioch College Organic Farm. Other participants include current Antioch students Sam Senzek, Maisie Taibbi, Rachael Smith, Nargees Jumahan, Adam Abraham; newly admitted student Gabe Amrhein; and community members Carissa Burkett, Ethan Miller, and Antioch College Farm Director Kat Christen.
Team leader sites:
Sara Black http://sarablack.org
Jillian Soto http://www.jilliansoto.com
Charles Vinz http://charlesvinz.net
A design charrette held on April 14/15 2012 generated ideas for a newly considered international tea garden and shelter at the farm. The group envisioned a structure that would involve a ritual process of building, would celebrate harvest (because of its location), would consider the importance of water, and would promote community sharing through a ritual important by many nations and peoples: the drinking of tea. The site would be a wooded area adjacent to the farm where an older, unstable structure (a tea house originally built in the 1970's) was built. That structure would be removed and in its place would rise an open air pavilion with a single back wall, a shed roof, a stone floor, and a water channel cutting through the middle of the floor to shunt rainwater to a pond in front of the tea house. There will be a rocket stove that straddles the channel with a permanently installed tea kettle that would allow community members to use the shelter for tea and conversation.
The project requires multiple build events (estimated completion June 2014)
Stages completed so far (four build-events):
Students and community members in Yellow Springs along with the grounds crew at Antioch College took down and salvaged the material from the existing tea house
Holes were dug and footings were poured for the new structure
The concrete from the non-functioning pond was removed
The foundation was prepared for the cordwood wall
Using materials that were gathered from the area or donated by generous citizens (great thanks to George Bieri, Paul Abendroth, Richard Lapedes, and Richard Zopf), the team erected the roof structure and began work on the back (cordwood) wall.
The stone floor featuring the channel was laid and roof completed
Structural stages completed at the final build in June 2014:
- Cladding of the ceiling
- Completion of the cordwood wall (to the joists)
Stages to be completed by independent teams in 2015
- Fabrication and installation of the gutter system and Japanese downspout/rain-chain on the shed roof
- Creation of rocket-stove
- Installation of tea kettle