Measure and construction of the Japanese house
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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MEASURING SYSTEM AND MODULE
The human figure as standard for measure units
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additional aesthetic bamboo basic building carpenter clay wall clerestory column distance components constructional detail constructional system contemporary architecture decorative dimensions distinct dwelling examples of typical exterior figure 15 continued floor beam frame framework frequently frieze rail function fusuma groundsill height horizontal inaka-ma method intercolumniate interior Japan Japanese architecture Japanese house Japanese residence ken grid ken in kyo-ma ken unit kyo-ma measurement kyo-ma method lean-to lean-to roof literally lower track material meaning modular order module norm mat organization original partition pattern picture recess plane purlins requirements roof construction room width roor rules scale Select examples shaku shelving recess shoin shoji shutter compartment simple skeleton sliding panels solid wall space spatial spiritual standard mat structural sukiya tana tatami tearoom thickness tiles tion tobukuro toilet tokonoma translucent paper panel tsubo typical residences upper utilitarian veranda vertical visual wall openings window wood