Chinese architecture demonstrates an architectural style that developed over millennia in China , before spreading out to influence architecture all throughout East Asia. Since the solidification of the style in the early imperial period , the structural principles of Chinese architecture have remained largely unchanged, the main changes being only the decorative details. Starting with the Tang dynasty , Chinese architecture has had a major influence on the architectural styles of Japan , Korea , and Mongolia , and a varying amount of influence on the architectural styles of Southeast and South Asia including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam and The Philippines. Chinese architecture traditionally classifies structures according to type, ranging from pagodas to palaces. In part because of an emphasis on the use of wood, a relatively perishable material, and due to a de-emphasis on major monumental structures built of less-organic but more durable materials, much of the historical knowledge of Chinese architecture derives from surviving miniature models in ceramic and published planning diagrams and specifications.
East Asian hip-and-gable roof
Classical Chinese Roofs
The beauty of Japanese traditional house is most evident in the roof, with curves are sculptured elaborately. The Japanese climate often rain heavily, so the roof is designed quite wide so that the rain water is not splashed into the house. The roof is slope downwards for the rain water can be escaped easily. On sunny or dry days, the Japanese can open the rain covered installed outside the house, so their living is closer to the nature. In Japanese architecture , the roof truss is rarely used.
Traditional Chinese Roofs — China’s Roof Architecture
China has been one of the most prolific countries for architecture in , with examples ranging from a bright pink church to a guesthouse with an undulating roof. Huaxiang Church, Fujian, by Inunce. As building restrictions dictated the size of the building, architecture studio Inunce designed sculptural folded walls to create a distinctive form that would differentiate it from its surroundings. Veranda Courthouse, Guangdong, by O-office Architects. Its design offers a contemporary interpretation of a regional vernacular that utilises green brick and the spatial principles of feng shui.
Ancient Chinese architecture was designed to be attractive, especially the distinctive roofs. Traditional Chinese roofs had different forms at different stages of history. There were various roof styles with functional features, a hierarchy of designs, and exquisite details. Joints were favored over metal fixings.