Measure and Construction of the Japanese House

measure-and-construction-of-the-japanese-houseBy Heinrich Engel

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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