Jump to content

Not a Tiki Hut, but what is this roof style?

John Kogel

Recommended Posts

Yep, Japanese Tea House, thanks Richard.

It does suggest a Polynesian war canoe, maybe which inspired the original tea house look. The chimney spoils the effect.

I think one of the roofers carved that eye with a nail.

There is a more subtle variation which doesn't have the raised ridge. Someone put a lot of effort into this one.

Click to Enlarge

85.77 KB

Link to comment
Share on other sites

There's Japanese, Maori, Pacific Northwest tribal, Hawaiian, and (maybe) even a tad Chinese influence in that form. If you look at the Pacific Rim cultures, it's run through most of them.

You can see it in boats, housing details, iconographic sculpture, totems, etc.

The one's copied in the West using tree farm lumber rot out quickly.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It's Japanese inspired.

According to Japanese Homes and their Surroundings by Morse, many old traditional style homes in Kabutoyama in Mushashi have that detail. It's kind of distinct for that region. According to Morse, it was widely copied in Southeast Asia and in Pacific Islands.



Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Create New...