The great wall of china: the human-made magic

Written by Dhrubajyoti Roy

Architecture does not only serve the purpose of design and art but it also serves as the primary shelter for the humankind from the beginning of civilization, the great wall of china is possibly one of finest defensive architecture ever made in the history of man

There’s a famous saying  “ Rome can’t build in a day ”,  the same can be applied to the great wall of china as it is merely built for hundreds of centuries, with the available resources and researches we can say that the great wall of china build from 3rd century BC to 17th century AD.

The entire miracle started when king Qin Shi Huang ordered to build a defense against the Mongols, but the construction process continued for hundreds of years until the ming dynasty finished it during the 14th century.

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Design of great wall of china:

As it is a defensive architecture to protect the Chinese from the outside of their territory they build it in accordance with the military purpose, the great wall of china can be categorized as  Walls, passes and signal towers.

While the walls with a height of 20-30 feet and length of up to 21 feet, passes were used for the trade purposes with secured architecture methodology and finally the signal tower is for the monitoring purposes of intruding.

The entire wall constructed with the single purpose of not letting the outsiders come in so they made it strong as possible.

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Materials used:

As we can say in the ancient time, the time when the great wall of china started constructing there wasn’t much construction material available, they used whatever we call as raw material today like rocks, earth’s core sands, as the year passes the change in their construction also used, today the great wall of china even have tiles and bricks to make it further strong.

They used lime and rectangular-shaped bricks to make it strong and sustainable, The usage of bricks and tiles were dated in the 14th century, but if we are about to say the material which used to build then we can say that the Chinese used all the available material for hundreds of years to build it.


Architecture philosophy:

The Chinese architectural philosophy is one of the very old methods in architecture they followed the same architectural technique for centuries, the world witnesses the impact of Chinese architecture in many parts of the world especially in the middle eastern.

But when it comes to the architecture philosophy of the great wall of china we can ensure that their organic architecture style to build the towers in between and offices in the middle, the Chinese architecture have one major advantage as it is strong enough to stand for years because of the pattern they use in their architecture, it’s like the skin of the dragon hard and un-penetrable.

Architecture serves many purposes in the part of civilization here it serves as the defensive one but still, it is one of the most admirable giant architecture ever built in human history and architecture has many such forms to serve its purpose.


About the author

Dhrubajyoti Roy

I am a 5th-year student pursuing a bachelor's course in Architecture. I partake in freelancing work in the field of Architecture range from buildings in Autocad to 3D Rendering and work through in Lumion.

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