WIT Press


The Structural Characteristics Of A Traditional Deidou Wooden Framing System In Taiwan

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/HPSM040661

Volume

76

Pages

11

Published

2004

Size

478 kb

Author(s)

T.C. Hsu, P. Huang & M.F. Hsu

Abstract

The wooden frame is an axiomatic element of the Han architectural tradition and is well preserved in listed buildings at various scales. While there are different forms in which vertical pillars (or columns) and horizontal beams made of wood can be related, one can differentiate two basic wooden framing systems in Taiwan: Tailiang and Deidou (pillars and beams) and Chuandou (pillars and transverse tie beams). Deidou has developed from Tailiang. The main difference between these two is that the Deidou frame uses a series of bracket systems to take the place of the small column (gua-zhu) of the Tailiang frame. Based on a literature review and fieldworks on the dismantling of existing traditional buildings, this paper tries to probe into the principles of construction of the Deidou frame, including their c

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