From the pedestrian bridge over the national highway that stretched beside Ashikaga School, I saw a series of tiled roofs. I could see that the roofs of the buildings on the premises of the temple called Zentoku-ji in the back were tiled, but the roof in the foreground was the roof of a souvenir shop, not a temple, but a magnificent tiled roof.
I often take walks in Tokyo, but I don't see many tiled roofs in the city. So when I see a town with many tiled roofs, I feel that I have come to a place that is not Tokyo.
Many people avoid tile roofs when building houses because they are heavy and vulnerable to earthquakes. Today's tiles are lighter and not so heavy. The problem seems to be not the weight but the cost.
The reason why cost is a bottleneck rather than earthquake countermeasures is that many houses in Tokyo are built for sale. Unlike custom-built houses, where the client pays for the final construction cost, ready-built houses have to cover the construction cost within the set selling price, which means that they cannot spend money on the roof. This is why the number of houses with tiled roofs tends to decrease in Tokyo, where there are many houses for sale.
|Oct 2021 ARCHITECTURE TOCHIGI|
October 6, 2021
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SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF