East Asian hip-and-gable roof

In East Asian architecture, the hip-and-gable roof consists of a hip roof that slopes down on all four sides and integrates a gable on two opposing sides.[1][2] It is usually constructed with two large sloping roof sections in the front and back respectively, while each of the two sides is usually constructed with a smaller roof section.[3]

The style is Chinese in origin and has spread across East Asia. The original style and similar styles are found in the traditional architecture of Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Kalmykia. It also influenced the style of the bahay na bato of the Philippines.

A hip-and-gable roof


It is known as xiēshān (歇山) in Chinese,[4][5] irimoya (入母屋) in Japanese,[2] and paljakjibung (팔작지붕/八作--) in Korean.[6]

Irimoya in Japan

Irimoya arrived from China to Japan in the 6th century.[2] The style was originally used in the main and lecture halls of a Buddhist temple compound. It started to be used for the honden at shrines later, during the Japanese Middle Ages.[7] Its gable is usually right above the moya, or core, while the hip covers the hisashi, a veranda-like aisle surrounding the core on one or more sides.[2]

It is still in wide use in Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Japan, and also in palaces, castles, and folk dwellings. In the last case, it is often called moya-zukuri (母屋造).[2]

Kandyan roof of Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, a style known as the Kandyan roof bears many similarities to the original East Asian hip-and-gable roof. The Kandyan roof is primarily used for religious, and historically, royal buildings. Its roots however lie in the traditions of the "Sri Lankan village".[8][9]


Longxing Temple 2

The Longxing Temple—built in 1052, located at present-day Zhengding, Hebei Province, China—has a hip-and-gable with double eaves.[5]

Forbidden City Gate of Heaven 2

A hip-and-gable is seen in the Tiananmen, Beijing, China.[3]

National Concert Hall (Taiwan)

National Concert Hall in Taipei

Yakushiji daikodo

Yakushi-ji's (Dai)kō-dō

Kamomioya-jinja hashidono

A hip-and-gable roof at Shimogamo Shrine


A shikoro-yane

Shitennoji main gate

Shitennō-ji main gate and its shikoro-yane

Tamamushi Shrine

The Tamamushi Shrine has a shikoro-yane

Sri Lanka - 029 - Kandy Temple of the Tooth

The Kandyan roof style of the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Great Drigung Kagyud Lotus Stupa

The Great Drigung Kagyud Lotus Stupa in Lumbini, Nepal

See also


  1. ^ Guo, Qinghua (2010). The mingqi pottery buildings of Han Dynasty China, 206 BC-AD 220 : architectural representations and represented architecture. Brighton: Sussex Academic Press. p. 138. ISBN 9781845193218.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Irimoya-zukuri". JAANUS: Japanese Architecture and Art Net Users System. Retrieved 2009-05-31.
  3. ^ a b Deqi, Shan. Chinese vernacular dwellings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 11–12. ISBN 9780521186674.
  4. ^ Chen, Congzhou; Pan, Hongxuan; Lu, Bingjie (2008). Chinese houses : a pictorial tour of China's traditional dwellings. Pleasantville: Reader's Digest Association. p. 331. ISBN 9781606520017.
  5. ^ a b Chung, Anita (2004). Drawing boundaries : architectural images in Qing China. Honolulu: Univ. of Hawai'i Press. pp. 23–24. ISBN 9780824826635.
  6. ^ "Naver Dictionary". Retrieved 2013-03-10.
  7. ^ Iwanami Nihonshi Jiten (岩波日本史辞典), CD-ROM Version. Iwanami Shoten, 1999-2001.
  8. ^ Architecture and Identity, pg 491
  9. ^ Senarat Paranavitana Commemoration Volume

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Gablet roof

A gablet roof (in Britain) or Dutch gable (North America and Australasia) is a roof with a small gable at the top of a hip roof. The term Dutch gable is also used to mean a gable with parapets. Some sources refer to this as a gable-on-hip roof.A gablet roof combines the benefits of both the gable and the hip roof while adding additional architectural interest. A drawback of a hip framed roof is its reduced attic space for a given roof pitch compared to a simple gable roof. In Mediterranean climates with lower snow loads high roof pitches and their greater consumption of materials and labor are unnecessary. Simple gable roofs are also problematic, as the lower low eaves made possible by a shallow pitched hip roof provide the opportunity for both shade and rain protection in the form of an overhang or latticed porch. The shade these create keeps a structure cooler, their covered space is an attractive place for relaxation and escape from heat trapped inside, and the rain "shadow" created by overhangs greatly reduces the moisture content of the soil. This inhibits both foundation decay and subterranean termites common in these areas.

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List of roof shapes

Roof shapes differ greatly from region to region. The main factors which influence the shape of roofs are the climate and the materials available for roof structure and the outer covering. Roof terminology is also not rigidly defined. Usages vary slightly from region to region, or from one builder or architect to another.

Roof shapes vary from almost flat to steeply pitched. They can be arched or domed; a single flat sheet or a complex arrangement of slopes, gables and hips; or truncated (terraced, cut) to minimize the overall height.

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