Posted by Peter on October 31, 2002 at 18:57:32:
In Reply to: Re: BASEMENT SIDE NOTE; Notes from Le Duc posted by d on October 31, 2002 at 14:19:28:
It seems natural that the base of ancient civic (typically temple) structures arise from a platform above grade. To some extent beginning on the surface and creating a built-up cleared space is the most rudimentary way to create a meeting place or a stage for ceremonies and you find that often the buildings that are placed on these plinths are smaller, even temporary structures. Polynesian temples comes to mind.
Now as we think of foundations they must begin underground and the first floor often occurs at about ground level or the level of the approach, not 100 stair steps in the sky.
Borobudur started with such an above ground platform, ornately finished, which was probably intended to be enough foundation for the massive structure. As successive layers of the temple rose, this base apparently begin to give and was finally buried, creating the equivalent of deep underground foundations.
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