7 Key Elements of Amamian Traditional Architecture
These are the key characteristics of Amamian traditional architecture. Most of the DenPaku inns have more than one of these features.
1.Coral Stone windbreak walls
To be surrounded by coral stones, hedge, windbreak forest or block fence as countermeasures against typhoons.
The fence around site is capable of protecting you against 40-60 m/s winds. In the old days materials like coral stone, hedge, windbreak forest were widely used but nowadays low-cost concrete block fence are more common.
２.Dispersed site planning
The main building, kitchen, cattle house, shed and lavatory are dispersed in 3-5 buildings within the site. Some houses are in the style of the distinctive Amami “Takakura”(raised floor shed). Also there is always a well placed within the site.