Horyu-Ji Temple
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Location Nara, Japan   map
Date 607   timeline
Building Type temple
 Construction System wood timber with tile roof
Climate temperate
Context rural
Style Ancient Japanese
Notes multi-tiered roof, in an asymmetrically planned complex.
Images

 


Photo, octagonal yumedono hall in east precinct of Horyu-ji

Photo, detail of lantern in front of lecture hall (kodo)

Photo, view of main hall (kondo)
Drawings

 


Section Drawing

Discussion Horyu-Ji Temple Commentary

"Horyu-ji, Nara, a Buddhist temple built on the ruins of a building of 607; the present fabric dates from between 670 and 714 and is the work of Buddhist carpenters from the Korean kingdom of Paekche."

— Henri Stierlin. Comprende l'Architecture universelle 2. p329.

Resources
Sources on Horyu-Ji Temple

Francis D. K. Ching. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979. ISBN 0-442-21535-5. LC 79-18045. NA2760.C46. elevation, p53. — A nice graphic introduction to architectural ideas. Updated 1996 edition available at Amazon.com

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. double center diagram, p200. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. London: The Butterworth Group, 1987. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. LC 86-31761. NA200.F63 1987. section drawing of kamakura and nara periods, p728. — The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at Amazon.com

Personal collection of Lawrence A. Martin. octagonal yumedono hall in east precinct of Horu-ji. December 1989. detail of lantern in front of lecture hall (kodo). detail of main hall (kondo) at Horu-ji. detail of main hall (kondo) at Horu-ji. view of main hall (kondo). Goju-no-to (five-storied pogoda) from courtyard.

Dennis Sharp, ed. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Whitney Library of Design, an imprint of Watson-Guptil Publications, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. aerial photo, p208-209.

Henri Stierlin. Comprende l'Architecture universelle 2. Fribourg, Switzerland: Office du Livre, 1977. discussion, p329.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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