Penguin Environmental Design

Japanese Architecture in Winter

Accoording to Yoshida Kenko’s famous Essays in Idleness (: Tsurezuregusa), “On buidling a house, it should be designed to suit the summer. In winter, one can live anywhere.” Really? Now I live in Connecticut, I am a little hesitant to agree with him, especially “living anywhere in winter” part. We had some snow last night, even though it has been […]

Cat’s Eye View of Japanese Architecture vol.1

Architects often visualize objects through a “bird’s eye view”. But at PED, we try to use a “cat’s eye view”, instead. Why? A view through “bird’s eye” is an image of space that you would never actually see as a human being. It would make you understand the total form of architecture, but if you never see it once built, what […]

Map from 1886 Showing the Original Kyoto Station

This interesting map was published in Kyoto in 1886. I encounterd it in doing a reasearch for my seminar. It is only about 20 years after the Meiji Restration, yet to my surprise, the map carries an image of original Kyoto station. It is an one-story building at the photo’s center that almost looks like a barn. Can you find […]

Bright Color and Japanese Architecture

Very intriguing contrast of colors between bright Lamborghini  and a temple in Kyoto. This looks unusual, but I was not surprised. Traditional Japanese architecture, in fact, often creates an excellent background for objects in bright color. Think about a lady in bright kimono in Kyoto! The architecture’s  colors are subdued. But they have natural rich […]

Japanese + Modern