30 November 2005

Strange Building

I spotted this strange building in Chinatown. I wonder about its origins and age. It appears to be a restored building and could well be new.

In terms of architectural tradition, I can't place it. It appears to be a mish-mash of several styles. Weird.


I did a little reading. This apartment building was designed and built in 1925 by Frank Wilim Brewer (1886-1971). The style is described as 'Chinese eclectic style with a dash of Charles Rennie Mackintosh thrown in for good measure.'* Brewer had apparently designed quite a number of buildings here.

I found the information in 'Black and White: The Singapore House 1898-1925' by Julian Davison. An excellent and fascinating volume.

*Direct quote from the book.

"Open the window
Jump on the roof
Danger can come
From everywhere
My skin is damp,
I'm shivering
Am I scared or am I cold
The tension rises"
'Commando Mix' Front 242


Merv Kwok said...

eh. that's an interesting building. isit a shop or something?

Darth Birdyz said...

For a moment, I thought it was something which came out of 'Spirted Away'...

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

There is a shop on the ground level. It appears to be an apartment block. I am not sure.

Yes, it does have a fantastical look to it.