Japanese Architecture has a very long history including prehistoric
Japanese architecture through to the post modern Japanese architecture.
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Japanese Architecture - Temple
The architecture of
Buddhist temples, like that of any structure, has changed and developed over
the centuries. However, while the particular details may vary, the general
themes and styles have strong similarities and common origins.
Most, if not all, Buddhist temple buildings exhibit the same basic design
elements as other traditional Japanese buildings. Tall thick wooden columns
serve as the load-bearing and stabilizing element of the structure. Each
column sits atop a single large stone, anchoring the building. The walls,
floors, and complex bracketed roof structure are then built around these
columns. There is great diversity in the style and appearance of roofs, but
most follow the basic concept of a tiled sloping roof. The roofs of many
older temples, designed more directly on mainland forms, have upturned
flaring corners. Meanwhile, newer temples that are based more on native
Japanese styles will have smoother, flatter roof corners.
already mentioned was one of the first, if not the first, Buddhist temple
built in Japan. Its primary structures represent the style then current in
6th century Sui dynasty China. The Konden (Golden Hall) is a double-roofed
structure, supported by thick, strong pillars, and giving a feeling of
boldness and weight.
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