am 5. Mai 2000
If you are an architect interested in japanese constructional systems, this is THE BOOK for you. If you aren't but find japanese culture a fountain of inspiration for living, you must read this extraordinary piece of art. Perhaps it don't shine like a jewel, but once you open it, you'll find the work of a man who decided to share his mastery. In this book, diagrams, materials, craftmanship, even detailed descriptions of the human space requirements are fully explained with precision and simplicity. Every page, and every example in them, is a world that must be carefully examined. And when doing so, you'll find that what the author is showing us, is more than a book about japanese houses: is the heart of the japanese carpenters and architects living in its pages.
am 25. November 2008
The text and drawings of this book are a part of Heino Engel's "The Japanese House: A Tradition for Contemporary Architecture" of 1964. Since they are VERY interesting and informative I wonder why not the whole book was reprinted. I would have loved to read it.
As for the price, I think that 13,37 Euro for a book of 150 pages only, published in Hongkong and printed in Singapore, is a bit disproportionated.