Timber construction of vernacular buildings in Hong Kong
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AbstractLocated along the southern coast of China, Hong Kong possesses a large number of buildings erected between the 17(th) and early 20(th) centuries in the style of Pearl River Delta vernacular architecture. These buildings come in different scales and of different building types. In a village, it is common to see large ancestral halls with a complicated timber structural system at one end of the scale as well as common houses with simple construction at the other end of the scale. There are also temples erected in locations away from the villages serving the fishing and merchant communities. Monumental architecture in traditional China followed a well defined modular system in determining sizing of structural members, spatial composition and constructional method. Was there a similar modular system adopted in vernacular buildings in Hong Kong? This paper seeks a structural understanding of the construction of vernacular architecture in Hong Kong by comparing between the building types, sites, and scales. It will suggest a system for analyzing the timber structural system and the construction of vernacular architecture in Hong Kong.
All Author(s) ListHo PP
Name of Conference10th International Conference on Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture
Start Date of Conference04/07/2007
End Date of Conference06/07/2007
Place of ConferencePrague
Country/Region of ConferenceCzech Republic
Detailed descriptioned. by C.A. Brebbia, Wessex Institute of Technology, UK.
Year2007
Month1
Day1
Volume Number95
PublisherWIT PRESS/COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS PUBLICATIONS
Pages167 - 175
ISBN978-1-84564-085-9
ISSN1746-4498
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordsancestral hall; Hong Kong vernacular architecture; modular structural system; structural system; timber construction
Web of Science Subject CategoriesComputer Science; Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Applications; Engineering; Engineering, Civil; Materials Science; Materials Science, Characterization & Testing

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