The Asian timber
frame is a versatile building systems ,
an elegant example of art and simplicity. Blending the inside, and outside world together, occupants become more in tune with their natural surroundings. (In
Japanese the word home literally translates house garden indicating the need
for both to be complete) It is, in a word, flexible. an Asian home can grow with you, allowing opportunity
for life changes. It is functional in that most rooms can be
multipurpose spaces. Rooms grow and shrink with the addition, and removal of
sliding panels. Shoji panels can allow light to pass through while providing
limited privacy, solid panels are also used when necessary.
Asian timber frames have been described as perfect having been refined completely in method, its only limiting factor being the smaller size of its spaces. However with the rise in fuel prices and growing awareness of environmental factors, I believe that the trend in the future will be more in line with smaller spaces, and natural building techniques. After all this system of building predates all of mankind’s destructive chemical based materials, so naturally its green building. Architecturally it has proven itself, in the course of time the oldest wooden structures in the world (some 1400 years old) were built using these techniques. Surviving hurricanes, typhoons and earthquakes they have shown us that it is better to be flexible than rigid, resulting in amazing longevity that baffles science, and disproves modern building codes a system tailored to humanity and human measure.