Forma, Vol. 12 (No. 1), pp. 65-70, 1997
Original Paper

Characterization of Space around Japanese Traditional Buildings: Part 1. The Case of Horyuji Temple

Morihiko Yasuhara1 and Koichi Iibuchi2

1Morihiko Yasuhara Architect & Associates, 3-15-59 Shimokawaraya, Izumisano, Osaka 598, Japan
2Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Tohoku University, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980, Japan

(Received January 16, 1996; Accepted November 14, 1996)

Keywords: Domain of Eaves, Architectural Space, Horyuji

Abstract. The architectural space in psychological sense can not be presented in architectural drawings, plans, sections, or elevations. But, as an observer approaches a building he will be influenced by constantly changing scenes and environment. This paper shows sequence of views and characteristics of space observed while approaching Horyuji Temple, Saiin in Nara, and a new concept "the domain of eaves" is proposed. A particular attention is paid to the role of the roof and eaves in perception of traditional, Japanese architectures.