Why Are Asian Roofs Curved?

Have you ever wondered why traditional Asian roofs are curved upwards? I mean, does it serve any purpose or is it there for aesthetic reasons?

Let’s find out.

Contrary to popular belief, they are not curved so that evil spirits could be warded off. For those of you who don’t know, legend has it that because these evil spirits, could only move in straight lines, the roof was intentionally curved so they could not walk on it and enter the house. However, this myth couldn’t be further from the truth. It all has to do with brilliant architecture: (the article continues after the ad)

Asian roofs are gently curved out at the corners in order to allow more light to enter the windows in winter and provide extra shade in the summer. This happens because in summertime, the sun is more directly overhead while in the winter it only gets about 35 degrees above the horizon at noon.

Bioclimatic architecture at its best!

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