By examining the Japanese history of buildings and building designs from prehistory to modern day, lovers of Japan will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of this island country. Simplicity, sensitivity to the natural environment, and the use of natural materials are the hallmarks of Japanese architecture. The Art of Japanese Architecture provides a broad overview of traditional Japanese architecture in its historical and cultural context. It begins with a discussion of prehistoric dwellings and concludes with a description of modern Japanese buildings. Important historical influences and trends—notably the introduction of Buddhist culture from Korea and China, the development of feudalism, and the influence of modern Western styles of building—are all discussed in detail as facets of Japanese design. Through all of these changes, a restrained architectural tradition developed in marked contrast to an exuberant tradition characterized by monumentality and the use of bold colors. The book provides tremendous insights into the dynamic nature of Japanese architecture and how it reflects an underlying diversity within Japanese culture. The book is profusely illustrated with over 370 color photographs, woodblock prints, maps, diagrams, and specially commissioned watercolors.
Thick thatched roofs and rough mud plaster walls. An intricately carved wood transom and a precisely woven tatami mat—each element of traditional Japanese architecture tells a story. In Japanese Architecture, author Mira Locher explores how each of these stories encompasses the particular development, construction, function and symbolism inherent in historic architectural elements. From roofs, walls and floors to door pulls and kettle hangers, Japanese Architecture situates these elements firmly within the natural environment and traditional Japanese culture. 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 the refined paper-covered lattice shoji screen—are recognizable as being of distinctly Japanese design. These constructed forms, designed with strong connections to the surrounding environment, utilize natural construction materials in ways that are both practical and inventive. This fascinating architecture book provides a comprehensive perspective of traditional Japanese architecture, relating the historical development and context of buildings and the Japanese garden while examining the stories of the individual architectural elements, from foundation to roof.
Author: Lars Müller
Release Date: 2008
"BA1/4cher bauen" gibt Einblick in den Prozess der Buchentstehung. Der Autor legt anhand von sieben Themenfeldern die Voraussetzung fA1/4r seine TAtigkeit als Gestalter und Verleger dar: Vision, Kontext, Prozess, Protest, Objekt, Dauer, Wirkung. Der Verweis auf den Prozess des Bauens und auf Parallelen zur Architektur entspricht Lars MA1/4llers Aoeberzeugung, dass ein Buch aus dem VerstAndnis fA1/4r seinen Inhalt entsteht. Das Buch findet seine Form in einer nahen Entsprechung zu seiner inhaltlichen Aussage. Wie das Bauwerk auf Dauer angelegt und ein Zeugnis seiner Zeit ist. Der Autor beschreibt in Wort und Bild die Prinzipien seiner TAtigkeit, rechnet ab, zieht Bilanz nach 25 Jahren "Lars MA1/4ller Publishers," blickt in die Zukunft und spekuliert A1/4ber die Chancen des Buches im Wettbewerb mit den schnellen digitalen Medien. Ein Katalog gibt eine Aoebersicht A1/4ber die weltweit beachteten und preisgekrAnten Publikationen von Lars MA1/4ller Publishers.
Author: A. L. Sadler
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Release Date: 2011-04-11
This expert guide to Japanese architecture is of enormous historical importance to the understanding of Japanese design and culture. Pioneering Japanologist A. L. Sadler's invaluable study of Japanese architecture first appeared in 1941. Considered a classic in its field, unequaled in clarity and insight, Japanese Architecture A Short History is a lucid and uncomplicated introduction to this important aspect of Japanese culture. Beginning with the earliest evidences from prehistory and ending with the Edo period, when Japan attained stature as a modern state, Japanese Architecture is as relevant today as it was in 1941. The book includes an overview of Japanese domestic architecture as it evolved through successive periods of history and perfected the forms so widely admired in the West. Of particular importance in this respect are the four concluding chapters, in which the distinctive features of the Japanese house are presented in clear detail. The architecture book also contains excellent illustrations, which show details of planning and construction.
"The best book on Japanese architecture ever produced by a Westerner." —The American Architect Japanese architecture is undoubtedly less well known and less appreciated than the architecture of any other civilized nation. Not only this, but it is almost universally misjudged, and while the world has by degrees come to know and admire the pictorial and industrial arts of Japan, her architecture, which is the rot and vehicle of all other modes of art, is passed over with a casual reference to its fantastic quality or a patronizing tribute to the excellence of some of its carved decoration. Written at a time when Japanese art was only beginning to be appreciated in the West, Impressions of Japanese Architecture conveys a sense of discovery and enthusiasm that modern readers will find as interesting and infectious as the book's first readers did. Long considered a classic, this new edition contains a foreword by acclaimed contemporary architect and author, Mira Locher. Originally published about one hundred years ago, Impressions of Japanese Architecture is still of immense value to anyone wishing for a better understanding of Japanese architecture, art and culture.
Author: Christian Schittich
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
Release Date: 2002-01-01
Japan is becoming a popular travel destination for more and more architects today. With its wide variety of architecture, it is both a source of fascination and inspiration. Over a number of years, the review Detail has been consistently documenting the construction activities which have taken place in Japan, and this book draws on the best of their experience and connections to present and analyse with plans and details the most interesting buildings from various architectural trends in contemporary Japan, including Ando s Museum for Contemporary Art in Naoshima, Toyo Ito s Mediathek, a residential building by Kazuyo Sejima, and a temple gallery in Kyoto by Takashi Yamaguchi. Introductory essays discuss the developments in Japanese architecture, and together with portraits of not only well-known Japanese architects and offices, but also young offices such as Atelier Bow Wow, this volume provides a stimulating discussion of current Japanese building in the context of traditional architecture.
Shunmyo Masuno, Japan's leading garden designer, is at once Japan's most highly acclaimed landscape architect and an 18th-generation Zen Buddhist priest, presiding over daily ceremonies at the Kenkoji Temple in Yokohama. He is celebrated for his unique ability to blend strikingly contemporary elements with the traditional design vernacular. He has worked in ultramodern urban hotels and in some of Japan's most famous classic gardens. In each project, his work as a designer of landscape architecture is inseparable from his Buddhist practice. Each becomes a Zen garden, "a special spiritual place where the mind dwells." This beautiful book, illustrated with more than 400 drawings and color photographs, is the first complete retrospective of Masuno's work to be published in English. It presents 37 major gardens around the world in a wide variety of types and settings: traditional and contemporary, urban and rural, public spaces and private residences, and including temple, office, hotel and campus venues. Masuno achieved fame for his work in Japan, but he is becoming increasingly known internationally, and in 2011 completed his first commission in the United States which is shown here. Zen Gardens, divided into three chapters, covers: "Traditional Zen Gardens," "Contemporary Zen Gardens" and "Zen Gardens outside Japan." Illustrated with photographs and architectural plans or sketches, each Zen garden design is described and analyzed by author Mira Locher, herself an architect and a scholar well versed in Japanese culture. Celebrating the accomplishments of a major, world-class designer, Zen Gardens also serves as something of a master class in Japanese garden design and appreciation: how to perceive a Japanese garden, how to understand one, even how to make one yourself. Like one of Masuno's gardens, the book can be a place for contemplation and mindful repose.
Author: Marc Kushner
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
Release Date: 2015-10-22
Die Zukunft der Architektur hat schon begonnen – 100 faszinierende Bauwerke an ungewöhnlichen Orten Ein Pavillon aus Papier, eine aufblasbare Konzerthalle, ein Forschungslabor, das durch den Schnee laufen kann – von den Gebäuden von morgen wird mehr verlangt. Marc Kushner hat 100 innovative Gebäude auf der ganzen Welt ausgewählt, um sie uns in Bild und Text vorzustellen. Eine faszinierende Reise durch die Architektur der Zukunft.
Author: Volker Fischer
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
Release Date: 2008-01-01
Der international renommierte japanische Architekt Kengo Kuma hat für den Park des Museums für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main ein vollkommen neuartiges Teehaus entwickelt: eine luftgetragene Form. Durch ein Kompressorsystem aktiviert, erwächst das Teehaus wie eine Blüte aus dem semitransparenten High Tech-Material GORE-Tenara, im Inneren finden Tatami-Matten, ein elektrisch beheizbarer Herd für den Wasserkessel, eine Tokonoma Nische und ein Vorbereitungsraum Platz. Die doppelwandige Hülle mit inneren Koppelseilen erzeugt eine golfballähnliche Membrantextur und macht zudem eine Luftschleuse überflüssig. Eine integrierte LED-Technik lässt das Teehaus im Dunklen sanft, fast mythisch, erstrahlen. Dieses jüngste Projekt Kumas ist ein Symbol für die traditionsbewusste Modernität des heutigen Japans und seiner Architektur, aber auch ein richtungsweisendes Beispiel temporären und mobilen Bauens, das nur Dank einer ungewöhnlich dichten internationalen Kooperation zwischen Architekten, Ingenieuren und Unternehmen realisiert werden konnte. Das vorliegende Buch entfaltet die technologischen, kulturhistorischen und ästhetischen Aspekte dieser Neuinterpration des japanischen Teehauses.