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|Date||750 to 1855 timeline|
|Construction System||wood, timber frame|
|Notes||Rebuilt 10 times due to fire.|
|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 Amazon.com
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.
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