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An inflatable tea house by Kengo Kuma.

The Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma has designed this inflatable building which is on show at the National Textile and Industrial Museum in Augsburge, Germany. The inflatable envelope resembles two golf balls from the outside.

Tea ceremonies will be performed in the building as well as various cultural workshops until the 17th August.

Traditionally the Japanese tea house would be made with natural materials such as wood, bamboo, and rice paper, but Kuma has used a high-tec fabric ,Gore Tenara, as a replacement. The fabric is sufficiently flexible to allow the structure to be deflated and inflated many times, enabling it to be moved as required.

The tea house was in the garden of the Museum of Applied Arts in Frankfurt, before being moved to Augsburg.

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