- 5 Architects, 5 Houses
- Townhouse, Shophouse, Melaka-Penang World Heritage Site
The Penang house is noted for its world-renowned architectural flair, inventiveness and stylistic diversity. The five European architects who designed the grand homes of the colonial and local elites were pioneers in the practice of modern architecture in early twentieth-century Penang, laying the foundations for future generations of local architects.
Melaka-Penang World Heritage Site
Date: Sunday, August 2, 2015
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Venue: Penang Town Hall
Speakers: Tan Siok Choo and Tan Yeow Wooi
Registration fee RM30 per person
- The family home of Tun Tan Cheng Lock and his son Tun Tan Siew Sin – a uniquely historic 18th century three-courtyard townhouse in Melaka, and also the ritual and spiritual significance of this peranakan ancestral home. (Speaker: Tan Siok Choo)
- Construction and conservation of a broad range of Penang shophouses, including their cultural and stylistic influences. (Speaker: Tan Yeow Wooi)
About the speakers
- Dr. Jon Sun Hock Lim BArch, MArch (Melb), PhD (NUS) lectured in the National University of Singapore’s School of Architecture between 1972 and 2002. His primary research interest is the architects of Singapore and Penang (1786–1942). His publications include The Penang House (2015) and The Shophouse Rafflesia: A diffusion of a Malayan prototype in Southeast Asia (1992). He also served as editor of Transforming Traditions, produced by the ASEAN Studies publication series (2001).
- Ms. Tan Siok Choo, author of Ancestral Home of Tun Tan Siew Sin (2015), is a lawyer by training, a columnist by inclination and currently chairperson of United Malacca Berhad. After being called to the Malaysian Bar, she worked for 10 years as a business and economic journalist. Thereafter, she spent another 10 years in the financial sector. In 1998, she joined a Malaysian think tank as a Visiting Fellow. She is currently a columnist with The Sun.
- Mr. Tan Yeow Wooi is a Penang-based architect specializing in heritage conservation. Trained in Taiwan, he has undertaken extensive research on Chinese culture and architecture throughout Southeast Asia. He is the author of Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi: The History and Architecture (2003), Kapitan Chung Keng Kwee’s Shen Zhi Jia Shu and Hai Ji Zhan (Majestic Hall, Prestigious Mansion)/ 甲必丹郑景贵的慎之家塾与海记栈 (2013) and Penang Shophouses: A Handbook of Features and Materials (2015).