This photograph is taken by Sankei-en(Sankei Garden) in Yokohama, Kanagawa. This garden was done by Tomitaro Hara of the businessman who accomplished goods by raw silk trade in Yokohama, and it was opened to citizens in 1902. He is interested in antique art other than an enterprise, and collected with concern to antique art, such as a Buddhist painting and tea-things. Moreover, he purchased the old construction of Kyoto or Wakayama etc and reconstructed in this garden. There are twelve important cultural property buildings of a country inside the garden. This photograph is one of them, it is named to "Choshukaku". It is built in 1623 inside Nijojo Castle in Kyoto by the command of the Third Shogun, Iemitsu Tokugawa. It is a two-story wooden structure with simple touch. The floor-plan of this building was added to the right. If a few is explained, there is living room of eight mats and tea room of eight mats with an irregular type plane in the first floor. In the left-hand side room, there is a kitchen, washroom, toilet and closet other than living room. And, in the right side room there is a tokonoma(an alcove), a shelf, a corridor, stairs and an earth floor besides the tea room. And, there is the veranda out the shoji(paper sliding door) as surronding a family Buddhist altar room with two mats in the second floor. It's impressive in shingled roof, too. It moved to the garden in 1922. Although I am an amateur about construction, I feel that the high level of architectural skills of those days is seen. So, it looks like to the prototype of Japan's timbered house construction which continues till the present.
The Choshukaku is important because there are only few buildings with a structure like still in existence. This two-storied building of a light style, in its front view, was designed on the basis of a balance that avoids symmetry as much as possible.
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pajaran (42018) 2013-08-31 12:24
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o kuci, sa datim podacima i istorijom ...
Dobar rad, lepo pokazana kuca i plan ...
Lepa kuca od drveta.
Very interesting and good article about the house, with the given data and history ...
Good work, nice house and shown a plan ...
Nice house made of wood.
All the best.
mcmtanyel (5580) 2013-08-31 21:02
What a great idea it is to include the floor plan of a building in its presentation! I am curious as to where you found the floor plan. Is it a scan or a photograph?
Have a wonderful Sunday,
thebest (4122) 2013-08-31 21:18
A duo of the house & the floor plan - I find your notes highly interesting & I am fascinated that this wooden structure dates back to the 1600's.
Well done on an interesting presentation.
ikeharel (44395) 2013-09-01 1:53
The addition of the engineer's plan for the ground floor is a nice idea, combined along with the photo of the wooden edifice.
I also look at the surrounding green trees and the garden.
Looks as beautiful location.
Have a nice week ahead,
holmertz (31600) 2013-09-01 8:04
This is a very original contribution to TE. I don't believe I have seen an architect's drawing here before, but it's a good way of explaining the character of the interesting building, like an extended note. The building is extremely beautiful and harmonious with very fine details and seemingly nice surroundings.
fabbs99 (11440) 2013-09-01 21:58
Another great collage my friend.Great design of the house.TFS.
abmdsudi (32795) 2013-09-02 9:20
Nice shot showing a section of wooden traditional house with its own character but it makes for a very interesting capture. The three color tones combination stands out nicely with excellent addition of the floor plan. Clarity is fine, vividness of detail is splendid, Congrats.
danos (78358) 2013-09-03 23:59
nice the view of the house in Sankei garden with the right design to explain exactly for its structure as the beauty of it.I like the good presentation as the excellent light management,with the informative note to explain the history of the place.
mirosu (8466) 2013-09-04 4:30
Excellent idea to show a house photo along with layout drawing. Nice photo of this old typical house. Thank you for posting it. Greetings, Miro.