Measure and Construction of the Japanese House
A remarkable classic work on traditional Japanese architecture and its general integrative quality, the order of space and form, the flexibility of partitions and room functions and other important or unique qualities. The author describes in detail, and with numerous architectural plans and drawings, the influence of the anatomy of the Japanese human body on traditional units of measurement and on house construction. This work is not simply a description of the features of the Japanese house, but "an invitation to probe the possibilities of utilizing this architectural achievement of the Japanese . . . in modern living and building," according to the author, who further believes that the unique features of the Japanese house are better suited to serve as a pattern for contemporary housing than any other form of residential structure.
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additional aesthetic bamboo basic carpenter clerestory column distance components construction details CONSTRUCTION IN BUILDING constructional system constructionally contemporary architecture decorative dimensions distinct door dwelling examples of typical exterior FIGURE Floor plans frame frequently frieze rail function fusuma groundsill height horizontal human 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 roof literally material meaning MEASURE IN BUILDING method of design minor orders mizuya modular order module norm mat opaque paper panel organization original pattern picture recess rafters requirements roor scroll shakn shaku shelving recess shoin shoji shutter compartment simple skeleton sliding panels solid wall space spiritual standard mat structural sukiya tana tatami tearoom thickness tion tobukuro toilet tokonoma translucent paper panel types Typical forms typical residences utilitarian veranda vertical visual wall openings Western architecture window wood wooden