Tuesday, October 28, 2008

day 301 - bamboo (4) - windows

Bamboo bars on the top floor of Matsumoto castle give a definite Japanese flavour to this open-air window.

The structural grid-pattern was often left unplastered to form a window.
Samurai quarters,
Old Hagi

In the days before glass, bamboo provided some security and privacy but still alowed a view of an atrium-style garden.
Geisha House,

A cross-section of bamboo makes an interesting window feature.
Geisha House,


Alan said...

Bamboo is an amazingly versatile material! *wants bookshelf made of bamboo*

robwalkerpoet said...

Yes, you may have guessed I'm becoming obsessed with the plant! When I get back to Australia I want to plant a few varieties & have a go at some furniture myself...