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Singapore Shophouses

Singapore Shophouses

By Julian Davison and Luca Invernizzi Tettoni

The Singapore shophouse is an architectural gem—
a particular building form that is unique to the island.
This book traces its development from rudimentary
shophouse through various incarnations of decorative
style—Neoclassical, Chinese Baroque, Jubilee-style,
Edwardian, Rococo, Tropical Modern—all the while
commenting on the various influences that fueled
its evolution. Each individual feature of the shophouse
is examined, as is its change from rudimentary
out-of-China structure to sophisticated dwelling
house. Numerous examples of shophouse interiors
today complete the odyssey—showcasing Shophouse
as Temple, Clan House, Home, Boutique Hotel,
Shop, Restaurant Coffeeshop and more, we see how
these heritage buildings continue to be relevant in
the era of the skyscraper and shopping mall.

More Details

Size: 8-1/4 x 10-3/4 in;
Pages: 208 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: September 2011
ISBN: 9789810597160
ISBN10: 9810597169
Julian Davison is the son of an architect and grew up in Singapore and Malaysia. He was educated in England and has a doctorate in social anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Luca Invernizzi Tettoni, a professional archeologist and photographer has over 50 books to his credit, including the International bestsellers Thai Style, The Tropical Garden, Arts and Crafts of Thailand (published by Thames & Hudson).