Application and Analysis of Axial Symmetry in Sacred Architecture


  • ZHANG Junjun School of Architecture, Southeast University
  • HU Xinyi School of Architecture, Southeast University
  • ZHANG Hong School of Architecture, Southeast University



Symmetry, Scaredness, Architecture Design


The sense of sacredness has an irreplaceable unique meaning for the development of social civilization and personal growth, and the sacred architecture with axisymmetric characteristics is often the catalyst for this experience. Through analysis of architectural cases, from the perspectives of architecture, philosophy, psychology and geometry, using the deductive and contrsasting modes of thinking, this paper analyzes the unique sensed characteristics of the axial symmetry in architecture. The reasons for the sacredness of the buildings and its influencing factors, the in-depth study of the axial symmetry of the scared buildings are carried out with a unique perspective.


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