I never really understood architecture until I started traveling... it’s amazing to me that a building can convey an emotion and speak to a cultural understanding of mankind’s place in nature. Absolutely loved the architecture in Japan!
Fun Fact Friday: Kinkaku-Ji “Golden Pavillion Temple” in Kyoto Japan
A Zen Buddhist temple, one of the most popular buildings in Japan. A National Special Historic treasure originally built as a villa in 1397 for a powerful statesman and then later purchased by a shogun and converted into a zen temple after his death. In 1950 the Building was almost entirely burnt down by a troubled young monk. The present Building was rebuilt in 1955. It is 3 stories high & 12.5 m in height. It has been fully restored and is covered in Japanese lacquer and gold leaf. The name Kinkaku is derived from the gold leaf. The gold leaf is thought to mitigate and purify any pollution or negative thoughts and feelings towards death(always new I loved gold for a reason👌). As with many pitched roof Japanese Buildings, the verandas, sliding wooden doors and shutters, vary and control the amount of light let into the building, and it is also designed as an open space. Our very own Queenslander style of architecture incorporates many of these features too! More to come on that in a future post! #goldenpavillion#goldenpavilionkyoto#japanesearchitecture#historicmonumentsofancientkyoto#buildingdesignersaustralia#bdaqdesigner