Happy Jasta  ·  25 June,  2024

Seven Traditional Earthquake-Resistant Architecture Styles From Around The World 

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Mostly found in northern Himalayan regions of India, this local architecture style uses layers of interlocking wood beams reinforced with stones for strength and durability. Slates on the roof and woodcarvings add to the beauty of these structures.


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Taq is a traditional construction system once common in Kashmir, India. It is a timber-laced masonry building technique that can withstand earthquake. The walls are made of bricks or stones held together with thick mud mortar.


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Similarly to Taq, the "Dhajji-Dewari" construction system also utilizes wooden beams placed vertically, horizontally and even at crossed angles. It is often utilized in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir regions of India.


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These circular houses with thatched roofs can often be seen in the desert area of Kutch, Gujrat in India. Their walls are made of bamboo sticks tied with grass ropes and coated with a plaster of cow dung and mud on the outside.

Bunga House

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Found in Pakistan and Tajikistan, the Pamiri Houses are built of stones and mud plaster, with a flat roof and a skylight in the central area. There are five visible and nine hidden pillars supporting the roof.

Pamiri House

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This traditional house belonging to Sasak people of West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia survived the 2018 earthquake of 7.5-magnitude. It is mainly composed of bamboo, straws, reeds, and wood.

Sasak House

The five-story pagoda at Horyu-ji Temple, Japan, often referred as one of the oldest wooden structures in the world, is a seismic wonder. Since its construction in 607 AD, it has survived earthquakes of a magnitude 7.0 or greater 46 times.


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