7 Key Elements of Amamian Traditional Architecture
３.A one-story hip gable or “Irimoya” roof
Because of strong winds and building technology not well developed, most of the buildings are one story. Derived from “Takakura” roof style, the “Irimoya” or the hip-and-gable roof are most common.
The raised floor structure, So distinctive of Southeast Asia, is widely adopted. The floor is raised 60-90 centimeters. The two main reasons for which are protection from moisture and pass through in times of typhoon’s letting strong winds to protect the building from collapsing.