Traditional Japanese Architecture
An Exploration of Elements and Forms
by Mira Locher

240x 260mm

Published by Tuttle Publishing, Hong Kong


ISBN 978-4-8053-0980-3

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Extract from inside front cover of book:

Thick thatched roofs and rough mud plaster walls of farmers’ houses, intricate carved wood transoms and precisely woven tatami mats of aristocratic compounds - each element of traditional Japanese architecture tells a story. These stories encompass the particular historic development, construction, function, and symbolism inherent in each architectural element, large and small. From roofs, walls, and floors to door pulls and kettle hangers, this book situates the stories firmly within the natural environment and the traditional culture of Japan.

Japanese architecture developed with influences from abroad and particular socio-political situations at home. The resulting forms and construction materials - soaring roofs with long eaves, heavy timber structures of stout columns supporting thick beams, mud plaster walls flecked with straw and sand, and refined paper-covered lattice shéji screens - are recognizable as distinctly Japanese. Designed with strong connections to the surrounding environment, these built forms utilize natural construction materials in ways that are both practical and inventive. This book provides a comprehensive perspective of traditional Japanese architecture, relating the historical development and context of the buildings and gardens of Japan while examining the stories of the individual architectural elements.

About the Author - Mira Locher is an architect and professor who works in both the US and Japan. Born in Pennsylvania, she studied architecture and urbanism at Smith College and received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked for Team Zoo Atelier Mobile in Japan for seven years before setting up an architectural practice in the US in partnership with Takayuki Murakami. Mira Locher is an Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah. Her research focuses on traditional and contemporary Japanese design.

Illustrations: Colour


Foreword by Kengo Kama

Chapter 1 - Context Environment and Culture
Chapter 2 - The Evolution of Japanese Architecture
Chapter 3 - The Role of Traditional

Forms and Materials
Chapter 4 - Basic Principles
Chapter 5 - Regional Variations
Chapter 6 - Tools and Techniques
Chapter 7 - Materials

Chapter 8 - Roofs
Chapter 9 - Foundations
Chapter 10 - Walls
Chapter 11 - Floors
Chapter 12 - Ceilings
Chapter 13 - Built-ins
Chapter 14 - Furniture
Chapter 15 - Decorative Objects
Chapter 16 - Interior Ornamentation
Chapter 17 - Exterior Ornamentation

Gardens and Courtyards
Chapter 18 - Shaping the Land
Chapter 19 - Entrance Gates
Chapter 20 - Garden Walls
Chapter 21 - Fences
Chapter 22 - Paths
Chapter 23 - Bridges
Chapter 24 - Gravel Courtyards
Chapter 25 - Raked Gravel Beds and Mounds
Chapter 26 - Stone Borders
Chapter 27 - Rocks and Stones
Chapter 28 - Plants
Chapter 29 - Water
Chapter 30 - Garden Objects
Chapter 31 - Temporary and Seasonal Elements

Index / Acknowledgments