Measure and Construction of the Japanese House

Measure and Construction of the Japanese House

by Heino Engel

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Measure and Construction of the Japanese House by Heino 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 essential or unique attributes. 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 house construction. This work is not merely 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804814928
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 12/28/1989
Series: Books to Span the East and West Series
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 1,251,808
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

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.

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