Measure and construction of the Japanese house

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C.E. Tuttle Co., 1985 - Architecture - 149 pages
In Measure and Construction of the Japanese House, Western architects and students of Japan are invited to examine modern Japanese living and building by an expert scholar and architect. Heino Engel illuminates "a residential architecture that not long ago encompassed the building of a whole nation, of the rich and poor alike." Abundantly illustrated with his own plans and drawings, Engel's book reveals fascinating features such as the influence of the anatomy of the Japanese body on traditional units of measurement, the achievements of form and system in architectural styles, and the reflection of cultural and philosophical values in domestic spaces.

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About the author (1985)

Heino Engel studied architecture in Germany immediately following the end of World War II, then traveled through Egypt and Arabia, spent more than a year in India, Burma, Malaysia, and Thailand, before arriving in Japan. There, in his own words, he "realized that the Japanese house is as invaluable an experience for the contemporary architect as are the ancient Acropolis of Athens in Greece and the modern high-rise office towers of the United States." He remained in Japan for three years, concentrating on the study of the Japanese house, people, life, language, and culture, and also becoming a member of the Architectural Institute of Japan.