What Do Ancient China Designs On Houses Truly Mean?


What Do Ancient China Designs On Houses Truly Mean?

There are some beautiful designs from ancient China which catches the eyes of many. It could be on clothes, paintings or even on simple cutlery. Ancient Chinese designs have deep meanings. They are aesthetic to the eye. A person needs to be very skilled to draw them into real life objects. Here are a few simple designs from ancient China and how they are brought to life.

There are many ancient Chinese roof styles of flying eagles. The one that fits this story is called a swallow-tail. The curving upward design is semi-flexible. As the framing acts as a leaf or coil spring, the eave acts as a shock absorber. This also occurs during a typhoon when the spirit winds are at their strongest. All roof corners have the greatest uplift followed by the ridge. A hip roof performs better than a gable roof against the wind. The swallow-tail corner winglets slightly reduce the vortices’ drag.

What Do Ancient China Designs On Houses Truly Mean?
What Do Ancient China Designs On Houses Truly Mean?

Ancient China Design And It’s Links To Japan

You can also roll up a piece of paper. Unroll the paper and crease it midway. Hold it up by the crease and jiggle it up and down, that is how the roof works. Now you need terraferma, tree, nest, snake, some wind and rain to finish the story.

During the Tang Dynasty, the Chinese Empire was the wealthiest nation on earth, accounting around 30% of the world’s wealth approximately. A lot of foreigners migrated to China to seek opportunities. Being the most prosperous nation, the Japanese adopted some parts of Chinese culture. Traditional Japanese architecture contains a lot of Tang Dynasty elements, such as the use of red paint.

Chinese House Designs

Chinese houses were constructed according to a strict rule of Fung Shui. Confucius dictated the placement of rooms [living spaces], courtyards and roofs. All building construction must be symmetric and the front door must face south. The highest in rank and in the family will live in the rear part of the complex. The flanks are for the lower members of the family, while servants usually stay in the front of the complex.

According to the traditions of ancient China, every emperor, and court officials have strict rules for the roofs of their housing. It is too difficult to explain it in detail. Luckily, there is some written information on the internet to explain it. Whether it has to do with luck or evil spirits is not clear. Most Chinese doors had a rather high sill [about 20 cm]. They believe that evil can only move straight and not past a sill.

Decoration of the roofs was only permitted for the emperor and his offspring Temples were the exception. If we think that all Chinese roofs are pointing upwards, it is probably because we saw it in the Forbidden City. It was the palace of the emperors. This type of roofing was not permitted for the common people.

What Do Ancient China Designs On Houses Truly Mean?
What Do Ancient China Designs On Houses Truly Mean?

Why Temple Roofs Are Curved

Do you know why temple roofs were curved? Buddhists believed the bent structures would keep away evil spirits. They were thought to only move in straight lines. The tiles, usually shaped to represent bamboo. It creates its own curved surface, further confusing the evil spirits. The beauty of the classical sweeping roof structures became even more noticeable with the addition of elaborate decorations.

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