Monday, October 24, 2016
Copper Cladded Basket Building
On an Edo Street
Vera: Copper! Why might the building be covered in copper now?
Dylan: Edo was a city of earthquakes and fires. People with money sheathed their timber buildings so they might survive the fires.
Vera: Nice patina. But what do you make of the pattern?
Dylan: It was a shop selling basketware.
Vera: A basket weave motif. Clever.
Copper is good for many things in buildings. Sheds water of course. It’s a relatively light metal. It’s long-lasting. It can protect against fires. And it has an attractive patina. In Vera’s vernacular, what’s not to like?