New UPDATED EDITION 2014, featuring an additional chapter on residential life in these magnificent houses. The revision adds depth and new information to an already impressively researched book.
With a pedigree dating back to the early 20th century, the black and white houses of Singapore’s colonial era are universally admired as much for their stylish elegance as for their innovative approach to tropical design. Reflecting a wide range of cross-cultural influences, the black and white Singapore house is today both an architectural treasure and an important part of the national heritage. In this first ever-book to examine this singular architectural tradition, Julian Davison uncovers the key influences in the evolution of the black and white style. Using archival sources and building plans, Black and White: The Singapore House 1898-1941 (Updated) celebrates the achievements of some of Singapore’s greatest architects from the colonial period.
About the Author
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. He has edited several reference books and scholarly works relating to the region, including books on Balinese and Indonesian architecture. He also has published two critically acclaimed collections of short stories on Singapore and Malaya: One for the Road and An Eastern Port.
About the Photographer
Luca Invernizzi Tettoni, a professional archaeologist and photographer, has over 50 books to his credit, including the international bestsellers Thai Style, The Tropical Garden, Arts and Crafts of Thailand, and all the leading books on tropical spas and wellness. Dr Tettoni is an award winning photographer and a keen advocate of conservation. He lives in Singapore.
Table of Contents
Out of India
Arts and Crafts Influences
Plantation Hose Style
Military Black and Whites
Art Deco and Modernism
Black and White Lifestyles
Acknowledgements and photo credits