Re: [SCA-JML] New essay up -- Shinden-zukuri estates
- Barbara Nostrand wrote:
> Izutsu Dono!????
>I'm confused... Why are you asking Izutsu-san about this? He's not here,
> Greetings from Solveig! Do you really have access to ALL of
> the equipment and fittings?
For the record, he does -- they do shrine and temple architectural bits.
> I have aspired to live in a shindenThat would be the challenge.
> for at least a good twenty years now. If I ever manage to stop
> moving, maybe I could acquire land for one. However, I have to
> make it cost no more than a house of the same square footage.
>If I could stand either state.... <G>
> This was also one of the reasons I was interested in living
> in West Virginia where they mostly do not have building codes
> to worry about. They don't have building codes in rural Missouri
>That's where "cheating" comes in.
> I believe that there is some modest importation of Japanese
> building materials. The real expense comes in when you import
> Japanese carpenters to put the building together.
It would pretty much have to be built to Code, and that might call for some
severe changes (structural, not cosmetic).
One thing that might work in terms of dealing with Codes (minimum clearances
and pathways and access and so on) is that it's a recreation of an
historical structure -- but I don't think that sort of argument flies with
Fortunately, there was a time when I was an architecture major (many, many
moons ago) and still have some of my textbooks, so I can do the research on
what is and isn't allowed --at least in terms of structural tolerances.
One of the "differences" would be floor-based radiant heat (the tubes
conducting heated water) in the main areas -- the moya and hisashi -- of the
shinden and tai no ya. Another difference would be that, although raised on
pillars, the part of the buildings directly under these main areas would
also be closed off (i.e., solid, rising foundations) to secure any heating
so that cold air flowing under doesn't negate the heating. That's easy
enough to camouflage, however, as it's set back four feet from the edges of
the veranda, and when covered underneath with lattice work it shouldn't
intrude as a "mundanity".
Oh, yeah. I've been thinking a LOT about this. <G>