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Swan and Maclaren: A Story of Singapore Architecture

Swan and Maclaren: A Story of Singapore Architecture


Swan & Maclaren were one of the main architectural practices working in Singapore from their foundation in 1892 through to independence in 1965. As such, the history of Singapore architecture, during that period, is very much the history of Swan & Maclaren. Of course there were other important players, local Singaporeans as well as British, working in Singapore at this time, but there is no denying that Swan & Maclaren were the key players during this era, representing the architects of choice for those who could afford them their list of clients during the period we are considering reads like a litany of the good and the great of Singapore. The output of the firm was extraordinary, too, ranging from corporate blockbusters like the Hongkong & Shanghai Bank and the Union Building of the 1920s, to factories, shophouses, department stores, hotels, schools and university buildings, railway stations, churches, mosques, a synagogue, bungalows, even the odd cattle shed! And not just in Singapore, but also in Peninsular Malaya (later Malaysia), Bangkok, Rangoon and the east Bornean state of Sarawak, once the fiefdom of the White Rajahs, later a Crown Colony.

  •  Hardback | 240 pages
  •  228 x 279 x 21mm | 2,222.6g
  •  San Rafael, United States
  •  English
  •  300 colour
  •  193593547X
  •  9781935935476

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