Starting this week I will be looking at homes around the world as well as things that make up our homes here in Britain.
Traditional Japanese art had a huge influence on a generation of Western artists in the late 19th century and on the architecture of the Modern Movement.
Here’s a plan of a traditional small wooden house. Wood was (and is) plentiful in Japan so was naturally the choice for humble buildings much as our Tudor homes.
The house was raised off the ground it keep it cool in summer and warmer in winter, had a steep thatched roof effective against torrential rain and snows, and a flexible interior space divided by sliding screens.
What I find surprising is how familiar a scene like this is – the details are different but the overall feel would sit comfortably in a Constable.
There is something so elegant and serene about this interior. I am not a great fan of minimalist living but I really admire this beautiful environment.
Here are a couple of variations on the theme.
I love the way the outside wall slides away to bring the outside in – designed centuries before the bifold door.
Look at the balance achieved between the interior design and the garden.
And here’s a modern interpretation of the traditional interior.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little taster – if you would like to read a short overview of Japan’s architectural history follow the link: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2111.html
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