Imperial Palace, Kyoto
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Architect unknown
Location Kyoto, Japan   map
Date 750 to 1855   timeline
Building Type palace
 Construction System wood, timber frame
Style Traditional Japanese
Notes Rebuilt 10 times due to fire.


Photo, Exterior

Discussion Imperial Palace, Kyoto Commentary

Like the ground plane, the floor plane can be manipulated. It can be stepped or terraced to break the scale of a space down to human dimensions and create platforms for sitting, viewing, or performing. It can be elevated to define an honorific or sacred place. It can be rendered as a neutral surface against which other elements in the space are seen.

— Francis D. K. Ching. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order. p37.

Sources on Imperial Palace, Kyoto

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. interior drawing, p37. — A nice graphic introduction to architectural ideas. Updated 1996 edition available at

Kenzo Tange and Noboru Kawazoe. Ise, Prototype of Japanese Architecture. Photographs by Yoshio Watanabe. Cambridge, MA: The M.I.T. Press, 1965. interior photograph of shishiiden hall, p189.

Kyoto Imperial Palace. NA7758.K93K93. p6.

Hiroshi Tomioka, ed. The Kyoto Imperial Palace and Imperial Villas. Kyoto Imperial Palace Photos by Tatsuo Kumagai. Katsura Imperial Villa Photos by Seiji Akiyama. Tokyo: Konishiroku Photo Ind. Co., 1964. exterior aerial photo of the palace grounds, p60, plate 32. interior photo of the imperial throne, p36, plate9. exterior photo of shishinden hall and courtyard, p32, plate4.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Imperial Palace, Kyoto


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