Early Taiwanese architecture most often used wood. The maintenance of these historical buildings may require tremendous effort and expense.
Government expenditure for the high maintenance and restoration can actually be reduced if high quality wood was selected at the beginning of construction.
Rampant termite treat
On the other hand, terminate infestation poses a threat to the safety of the residents and jeopardizes the groundsill integrity.
“Taiwan is located in a subtropical region where termites reproduce at a rapid rate,” said the Deputy Officer of the Headquarters for the Administration of Cultural Heritage in Taiwan.
Termite pesticide may harm people’s health
The most common anti-pesticide in Taiwan is copper chrome arsenate (CCA) but the waste management of CCA can produce toxic gases with environmental consequences.
Some profiteers under the guise of promoting anti-pesticide in fact abuse pesticide waste management that harm people’s health.
Other solution to prolong your house’s life
There are still some natural ways to keep your house in a healthy condition.
“Many problems arise from poor ventilation; therefore, keeping houses well ventilated and dry would prolong its life,” said Mr. Chang Yu-Huang, architect and CEO of Foundation of Historic City Conservation and Generation.
Many people mistakenly believe that the durability of reinforced concrete structural buildings is better than wooden structures.
In fact, reinforced concrete buildings can be preserved at most up to 90 years, yet the world’s oldest wooden building is thousands of years old, such as the Horyuji Temple in Japan.
The most intact wooden architecture in Taiwan is the Tainan Wooden Octagon which is 160 years old.
“Wooden houses are like the elderly. Keep the windows ventilated and you would prolong their life,” said Mr. Chang Yu-Huang.
The Pilátovás persist in keeping the traditional marionette in Slovakia despite the fact that new technology has almost taken over the younger generations’ lives. To revive the beautiful tradition, the Pilátovás have devoted their time and energy to teaching people of all ages the fun and spirit of marionette. They enjoy the feel of wood and the fun of marionette. Their joy we now share with you.
The City of Georgetown, Penang, is known for its ancient, tropical ambiance and laid-back pace of living. Two-to-three-story wooden houses built during the western colonial era stand in exotic colors. While windows may be cracked and paints peeled off with time, age only adds pride to the antique houses. Where buildings are too old, they are torn down, and the old tiles, blurred glasses and oxidized wooden pieces are recycled by those enthusiasts who care to revive the ancient elegance.
Kyoto, a city in central Honshu Island in Japan, had been the capital for Japanese emperors for centuries. Here, you can find abundant traditional craftsmanship and wooden architectures that embody the culture of ancient Japan.
Many traditional wooden constructions are still well-preserved in Kyoto. For example, Ryokan-Tsukimikan, the historical hot spring hotel established in the vicinity of Ujigawa, Kyoto in 1937, features Momoyama hot springs, ancient Japanese style design and delicate wooden furniture.
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The architect Yoshiaki Nakamura is a master of Sukiya-zukuri, a traditional wooden architecture style incorporating tea house aesthetics with natural materials. Also, he blends in foreign elements in the hope to explore more possibilities for the traditional Japanese architecture.
The traditional Malay house is a wooden one and serves the housing needs of people living in the rural areas of Malaysia. Since Malaysia is located in the tropical area, the house is designed to meet certain standards to adapt their needs, culture and climate.
At Speicherstadt near downtown Hamburg, museums scatter on the grand harbor. The International Maritime Museum, opened in 2008, showcases Peter Tamm's collection of over 40,000 items of model ships, construction plans, uniforms, and maritime art. Besides the exquisite and overarching exhibitions, the building itself is a large, old wooden structure that was formerly a warehouse.
On the other hand, the Speicherstadt Museum exhibits objects about trading, especially coffee and tea trading. All of the business activities played an important role in carving the modern look of the Speicherstadt harbor. Several wooden items used in the old day to transport goods are displayed, so are photos and stories about the timber poles that bolster the foundation of the buildings at Speicherstadt.
The house of Rieck, built in the 16th century, was restored in 1949 and handed over to the Altona Museum as a branch open air museum. The house reconstructs an image of the life of a rich peasant family back in time. Because of its large amount of wooden structure, furniture, and objects, it was subject to woodworms’ attack and was taken care of by scientists of related profession at the Johann Heinrich von Thunen-Institute (vTI) several years ago.
Wood pasture, a historical land management system in the Europe, is an open woodland providing shelters for cattle and sheep, as well as the timber products including charcoal and house construction.
Glen Finglas is a glen in the Trossachs, which has been described as the miniature Highlands. Part of the region within the area was the Royal Hunting Forest from the King David and James II onwards. And wood pasture is restored across the estate, creating a vast mosaic of woodland. Glen Finglas was once covered with plenty of different tree species, including alder, birch, oak hazel, rowan and willow, but over the centuries, the wood pasture has been decreased to scattered remnants.
Established in 1970, the Open Air Museum Stuebing displays 97 reconstructed historic wooden peasant houses that are mainly used to be in the Alpine Provinces. They are lined from the west to the east according to the actual geography of Austria. A house often consists of living space for both human and livestock, with various styles and roofs made of thatches or shingles. There are various kinds of wooden houses, as different designs are made to fit local geological characteristics. Prehistoric hunting huts made with local tree bark accompanied by ancient coal-making facility can also be spotted in the museum.