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Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering - Vol. 15 , No. 3

[ Architectural History and Theory ]
Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering - Vol. 15, No. 3, pp.365-372
ISSN: 1346-7581 (Print) 1347-2852 (Online)
Print publication date 30 Sep 2016
Received 01 Oct 2015 Accepted 20 Jul 2016
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3130/jaabe.15.365

A Study on the Space Characteristics of Ancient Ancestral Temples in the Taiping District of East China
Kezhen Chen1 ; Yunzhang Li*, 2 ; Yi Cao3
1Master degree Candidate, College of Architecture & Environment, Sichuan University, China
2Professor, Ph.D., College of Architecture & Environment, Sichuan University, China
3Doctoral Candidate, Graduate School of Engineering, Aichi Institute of Technology, Japan

Correspondence to : *Yunzhang Li, Professor, College of Architecture & Environment, Sichuan University, No. 24, Section 1, Southern First Ring Rd, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China Tel: +86-1808-685-3885 E-mail: 307941240@qq.com

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The ancestral temple plays an important role in maintaining the lineage society in Huizhou, a historical region in East China's Anhui Province. The study, based on surveys and drawings of seven ancient ancestral temples in the Taiping district, analyzes the overall layout characteristics, the interior space arrangement, exterior morphological characteristics and the social meaning of the space. Focusing on the peculiarity of the forms of those ancient ancestral temples, this research can provide valuable information in regard to the diversity of architectural forms within the same cultural circle.

Keywords: Taiping district, Hui-style architecture, ancestral temple, space arrangement, social meaning

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