The Stair: An Anthropological and Symbolic Element. A research on the stairs in the Long Chang Temple (China)

  • Weiqiao Wang
Palabras clave: stair, anthropological, symbolic, corporal perception


In the era of mass production, architecture is also on its way to rapid construction and industrialization. Stair space is one of those architectonic elements to be sacrificed. Simultaneously, we also pursue the texture and quality of architectural space of heritage with nostalgia. The value of architectural heritage has received increasing attention, not only because of their historic significance, but also due to their inspiration for contemporary architecture design.

Based on the Buddhist heritage—Long Chang Temple, the article is trying to conclude the inspiration to the design of public space, especially the connection space through basic architectonic element—stairs. Through visiting and field mapping on the stairs, it analyzes the relationship between stairs and other basic elements of architecture including route, light, water and time. It focuses on how stairs transmit information and atmosphere of different spaces through corporal perception. The essence of stair, as an anthropological and symbolic element, results in an inspiration thinking for contemporary architectonic design.


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Biografía del autor/a

Weiqiao Wang

Wang Weiqiao is PhD in Advanced Architectural Design at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (with scholarship from the Chinese government, CSC-UPM). She is an architect, graduated from Tongji University (Shanghai, China). In recent years, her research has focused on the Chinese heritage, especially focusing on Buddhist temples. Among them, she paid a lot of attention on studying the heritage preservation and its compositional inspiration to contemporary architecture design

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Wang, W. (2017). The Stair: An Anthropological and Symbolic Element. A research on the stairs in the Long Chang Temple (China). Ge-Conservacion, 11, 50-56.