Design Inspiration: Traditional Japanese Architecture

Traditional Japanese architecture was greatly influenced by Chinese and Asian style, but because of the climate, the choice of materials used varied. In Japanese architecture, wood is the predominant choice of material. Typically the structure is wooden, slightly elevated with tiled or thatched roofs. One of our favorite elements of Japanese architecture is the way the walls, both the interior and exterior, are fluid. Walls can be removed or slightly modified by the use of screens or movable paper walls.

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When designing our “Steamboat House”, we looked to traditional Japanese architecture for inspiration. We wanted to fuse together design elements found in Japan and the American West. This Steamboat Springs residence features Japanese antiques from the mid-19th century and a 700 square foot tea house with authentic Shoji rice paper doors.

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The master bathroom comes complete with a Japanese soaking tub set in sand.

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If you are looking to incorporate traditional Japanese architecture into your home please give Trilogy Partners a call at 970-453-2230 or visit us online at


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