Japanese House Vs Australian House Essay

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A comparison of Japanese and Australian Housing Japanese and Australian homes are greatly different; Japanese style and design is minimalistic and delicate compared to Australian homes which are quite spacious yet many are ‘cluttered’ with furniture when compared with the Japanese styles. The styles, design, size, construction and the traditions of the two are quite dissimilar. All civilizations use the materials in their building construction which are the most common. In the case of Western houses – which were influenced by European architecture, stone seemed the logical building material; in Japan with its vast forests it was wood. The architecture of Japan is a response to its natural environment: its weather, its geography and its harmony with all of those elements. Western structures were built as barriers against the forces of nature. It's the "man with nature, man vs. nature" ideology. Australian houses are constructed, in general, on the ground floor with frames of metal/wood and walls of solid brick, brick veneer or plywood. This has been seen in recent times as energy inefficient due to the nature of Australia’s climate. In Japan houses are constructed on average 40 centimetres above the ground. The frame was traditionally built in a style known as ‘post and beam’, where the beam takes on all the weight of the roof rather than in western houses, the walls take on all the weight. Japanese roofs are very big with low eves to keep the summer sun out and winter rains flowing off. They could be thatch, cypress bark, tile, or bare wood. Australian houses are also similarly built with the sun in mind; eves and clerestory windows are put in to avoid the summer sun and catch it in winter. One characteristic of a Japanese home that is immediately different from a western house is the genkan, or entryway which is a small area, at the same level as the outside,

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