Penang Shophouses by Tan Yeow Wooi is an up-to-date, fully illustrated, and comprehensive handbook that catalogues and represents the vast array of building features and building materials used in Penang’s veranacular architecture.
The brain-child of Tan Yeow Wooi, this book features some of Southeast Asia’s finest architectural heritage. Perhaps the most characteristic building form is the shophouse whose design style has evolved over nearly two hundred years, picking up influences from many different cultures. With a growing awareness of the significance of the built environment – stimulated by George Town’s inscription by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2008 – there is a greater interest than ever in understanding the construction and conservation of these shophouses.
It is an invaluable handbook for professionals and the general public alike who are interested in interior design, architectural preservation, and also architectural history.
“It will be a good reference guide for shophouses conservation work in George Town.” –Lim Choi Ping, General Manager of George Town World Heritage Incorporated.
About the Author
Trained in Taiwan, Tan Yeow Wooi is a Penang-based architect specializing in heritage conservation. 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)