Development Of Hybrid Colonial Architecture

2190 Words Aug 25th, 2014 9 Pages
Colonial architecture is a combination architectural style of a country that has been adapted from the other countries characteristics, methods and influences. The colonists built settlements and create hybrid designs that include their countries of origin with the design styles. Europeans came to Southeast Asia during 16th century. The colonial vision was effectively imposed on Southeast Asia. At the beginning of the 20th century, most of the Southeast Asia countries were controlled by the British, Dutch, French and the Americans. Under this colonial rule, the late 19th and early 20th centuries was a period of fast development of such as new architectural styles, modern construction methods and techniques, railways, roads, etc. They changed the configurations, construction and methods to make the buildings more sustainable and maintained.
This essay focuses on the development of hybrid colonial architecture in early 20th century in Southeast Asia. The essay investigates the different styles of buildings in different locations and explains how these types of architecture combined both European and local origins. It explains the Dutch style in Indonesia and the British style in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia while giving an example building to these styles.

-The Dutch style in East Indies/Indonesia: The church at Puhsarang
-The British…
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