FRAMEWORK FOR A JAPANESE RITUAL
How does architecture facilitate ritual practice within the context of the Japanese archipelago?
During Paul’s time in Japan he encountered many ritual practices, from daily activities to religious ceremony. Bathing to tea ceremony. As a result, he investigated elements of a design for a timber Bathhouse, not only the physical attributes of the construction [and making] but the philosophies and atmospheres, namely the metaphysical qualities, which underpin these Japanese spaces.
To gain an understanding of Japanese spacial concepts it was of value to draft using more Eastern illustrative devices. Traditional Japanese prints show an innate convention for the use isometric projection, which may be because of the orthogonal nature of Japanese traditional architecture. The lack of three- dimensionality in this method of drawing amplifies the quality of the space. In particular, he was inspired by the traditional isometric projections by traditional carpenters that he encountered during his travels, these simple line drawings honour the immense complexity involved in traditional timber building construction and the skill of the maker. Craft and complexity of draftsmanship, therefore, can be an implication of skill and complexity in craftsmanship.
Beyond this, through the process of physically producing each drawing in a sequence of subjective lines, the essence of craft became apparent. With each intersecting line, columns began to merge; interlocking like they were newly carved at a carpenters’ workshop.