The Singapore shophouse is an architectural gem – a particular building form that is unique to the Straits Settlements. This book traces its development from rudimentary shop below, house above, through various incarnations – Chinese Baroque, Neoclassical, Jubilee-style, Edwardian, Rococo, Modern – all the while commenting on the various influences that fuelled its evolution. Each individual feature of the shophouse is examined, as is its change from rudimentary out-of-China structure to sophisticated dwelling house. In this book, readers see how these heritage buildings continue to be relevant in the era of the skyscraper and shopping mall.
“Just what we’ve been waiting for – Singapore Shophouse, an authoritative book on what is perhaps this city’s most fascinating architectural heritage.” Expat Living
About the Author
Julian Davison, the son of an architect, grew up in Singapore and Malaysia. At the age of nine he was sent to school in England, though his family home continued to be in Kuala Lumpur until his father retired in 1979. He has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Durham and a doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Julian currently resides in Singapore where he is a freelance writer and editor.
About the Photographer
Luca Invernizzi Tettoni was born in Northern Italy and has spent nearly half his life in Asia. During the 80’s, his long association with Thailand resulted in the publication of a number of ground-breaking books including The Arts of Thailand, and the bestselling Thai Style. In addition to his involvement with editorial projects, Luca Invernizzi Tettoni works as a commercial photographer. He is currently based in Singapore.