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236 Sq. Ft. Zen Teahouse in Portland

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Check out this 236 sq. ft. zen teahouse that can easily be a backyard office or guest retreat.

The owner of the zen teahouse was a internationally known architect, Pietro Belluschi, who was known during his lifetime for designing skyscrapers and churches with steeples in Portland, Oregon.

His son, Anthony Belluschi, has now restored the original 1944 tiny house into what you see below.

Pietro used to use it for reading architect plans, drafting, napping and as a simple getaway in his own back yard.

Inside the zen teahouse you will find three defined sections that are separated by sliding shoji screen doors.

This is to separate the kitchen from the bathroom and living/sleeping area.

Would you make a backyard office like this? Or could you live in a space like this full time?

236 Sq. Ft. Zen Teahouse in Portland


Images © Blaine Covert/Oregon Live

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Images © Blaine Covert/Oregon Live

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  • Ruth
    March 25, 2015, 3:57 pm

    This would be my ideal tiny house since I lived in Japan for a couple of years and I love this clean, uncluttered look with lots of wood!
    Would like to see the bathroom area, too. Beautiful design!!
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Cynthia Taylor
    March 25, 2015, 4:11 pm

    Does it have a combo washer/dryer out of sight? Does it have an induction cooktop instead of a stove? Are there solar panels on the roof in order to go off grid? Does it have a soaking tub? These things I would like to have in this house.

    • Cosy
      May 17, 2015, 6:25 pm

      If you read the article, you’ll see that this is a backyard retreat, so there’s no need for laundry facilities or a kitchen. It could certainly be converted if the owner wanted any of the things you mentioned.

  • Sally
    March 25, 2015, 5:25 pm

    Wow, Andrea, thanks for sharing this. Very soothing with all that mellow wood and clean design. The transom-style lighting would be great in an urban area, too, for privacy. Wonderful how something designed in 1944 is still exquisite today.

  • Cahow
    March 25, 2015, 5:44 pm

    It’s this exact style of Modern Home that inspired me to become an architect when I was a very, very wee girl. They were SO exotic to a Farm Girl who grew up in an Anne of Green Gables farm house!

    This is from an article: “To the right of the hall is a narrow one-sink “kitch-bath,” a word Anthony Belluschi invented to describe his clever combination of a kitchen, bathroom and changing room. One side of the room is a fully stocked kitchen; the other side – without a divider – is the bathroom counter, toilet and shower.” I really-really wish that a photo existed of this feature. 🙁 I’ve searched all the links and came up with nothing; just the posted photos.

    Anyway, beautiful & serene home. I’m so glad to know the son saved it from the elements. 😀

    • Chel
      May 17, 2015, 6:05 pm

      There is a glimpse of the shower stall, I beleive, in the photo of the kitchen units. Its on the right hand edge of the photo showing tiling work.

      • Cahow
        May 18, 2015, 10:11 am

        Thanks, Chel. Good catch! 😀

  • March 25, 2015, 5:48 pm

    I also love the clean lines with minimal clutter.
    Seems I saw a TV show featuring this architect. Can’t remember which one or the channel.

  • Gwen MacBeth
    March 25, 2015, 5:49 pm

    Makes one calm just looking at it; so lovely. I would very much like to see the floor plans for this gem. Are there any available anywhere ?

  • Lisa E.
    March 25, 2015, 7:33 pm

    I could live in this foundation house with a few changes: I’d need a full bath with soaking tub, and a full kitchen with prep island. I’d also like a place to keep my car in winter.

  • Karen R
    March 25, 2015, 8:19 pm

    Great for full time living! The clean minimalist look is so lovely to look at, but then I always want to add color and collectibles . . .one’s personality comes out.

  • Kayce
    March 25, 2015, 8:30 pm

    Nothing better than sleek. clean. design. bones.
    The compliment being agreeable, neutral interior allowing the bones being simply brilliant.

  • vee
    March 25, 2015, 8:49 pm

    I so love this — the kitchen alone is so nice — looks like lots of
    storage space. How about that cool window in the bdrm?!
    If I could expand this to 600 sq. ft. I would be in heaven as long
    as I could get plenty of storage!

  • Lorraine
    March 25, 2015, 10:32 pm

    Ah my heart goes potter patter for this one. I love most how the high windows make the roof float above the house. I love zen when I am not loving the quiet of wabi Sabi more.

    As I pay off my 5 acres and pare down… I find there is not much of interest to me in stores. I can’t imagine that I could afford such a jewel, but love to dream.

  • Emily Seawall
    March 26, 2015, 8:11 am

    What is the exterior made of? Great design and use of small space.

  • Rich
    March 26, 2015, 9:22 pm

    really excellent design….. I think that we in the US have been going in reverse ever since the mid-20th Century.

    • Alex
      March 27, 2015, 12:03 pm

      Thanks Rich!

  • Autumn
    March 28, 2015, 3:31 pm

    Wow! Now this is one of most clean, clutter free tiny home I’ve seen in here. I love the layout and interior design of it.

  • Lera
    May 15, 2015, 9:21 am

    This is beautiful. I love it. This is exactly the design style that I want to incorporate in my tiny house. I wish we could see a floor plan to get a better idea of the layout.

  • Terri
    May 15, 2015, 9:59 am

    It is a little too modern-looking on the exterior for my taste. However, it is open, airy, and has clean lines inside, which is quite nice!

  • Kelly Libert
    May 15, 2015, 10:12 am

    It is perfect.

  • David Richoux
    May 19, 2015, 1:15 pm

    Here is an Architectural Record article about the main house restoration.

  • Lynda
    November 6, 2015, 7:14 pm

    Such a brilliant usage of space!!!! I really appreciate people that can envision and build their picture…. Love love!❤️

  • maria
    February 17, 2016, 2:00 pm

    Note to self for future tiny zen house lol.
    1- need 40 foot trailer
    2- soaking tub
    3- if possible small koi pond 1 or 2 koi fish
    4- japanese hibachi table
    5- remove bed, put in tatami mat
    6- lots of shakuhachi CDs
    Ride on cloud 9 until its my time to cross over.

      October 14, 2016, 7:20 pm

      Amen…! LoL…!

  • Eric
    February 17, 2016, 8:50 pm

    My precious…. my precious…. come to me my precious.

    What? It’s in Ah Merry Car? Dang it all!

  • Kim
    October 14, 2016, 7:29 am

    Beautiful but not enough pics

    October 14, 2016, 7:18 pm

    I love the combination and always have been a great fan of modern and Asian architecture mixed.. It is a very clean and refreshing design that just makes it so welcoming, I love the sliding shoji screen doors as it is like the icing on a cake, that completes the whole house… I would love to live in a home like this… Beautiful simply beautiful….!

  • Barnie
    October 21, 2016, 6:02 pm

    Stunning. I only wish we could see it in even greater detail.

  • Kathy Handyside
    August 19, 2017, 2:38 pm

    Beautiful! Just looking at the photos of it makes me feel calm and relaxed! I would love to have this as my full-time residence!

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