I was inspired to model some sort of timber building in the Chinese style one day when reading an architectural book and it became my first project in 2.8. I have begun without deciding on the purpose of the building nor its overall layout (which may be a bad idea).
Modeling began on a section of the front facade and I started from the cylindrical pillar up. The building’s internal structural elements would be modeled along with the exterior as I hope to present a more complete and detailed representation of the architectural style. Mind that the layout of the support frame is based on Chinese architecture during the Ming and Qing Dynasties as the two periods are much closer to present therefore more structures of that style are preserved which I may draw reference from. However, the look and feel of the structure will be closer to the architecture of the more ancient Tang and Song Dynasty and perhaps even Japanese seeing as they are more rustic and have a more modest yet graceful look.
Note that I do take liberty in altering the design as I see fit since this is an artistic interpretation at its core and not an architectural recreation.
Pillar and beams first
Brackets according to reference (yes I know it’s a modern recreation but it’s the clearest irl image of the brackets I could find)
Interior of the brackets modled according to this pic
extruding beam tip over the pillar brackets as seen in the first ref. pic