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Old September 29th, 2005, 12:35 PM   #1
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What style is this?








^Second floor lobby

This is an abandoned palace in Singapore, located only a few minutes' drive from the Orchard Road area. Called Istana Tyersall.

It's the largest single private personal residence estate in Singapore and had been abandoned for many many years now.

A true palace, built by a Sultan (equivalent of king) of Johor state (in Malaysia).


Does anyone know what style is this, and what period it was built?
All I know is between 1905 and 1939.

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Old September 29th, 2005, 05:23 PM   #2
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Art deco with a Singaporean touch? the palace is nice, onli need a restauration
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Old September 29th, 2005, 05:28 PM   #3
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Hmm.... this is the design for ventilation holes in the palace.
Note the pineapple decor.

I'm really interested in it. The style looks odd.
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Old September 29th, 2005, 05:34 PM   #4
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its excelent to make a small hotel
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Old September 30th, 2005, 02:23 AM   #5
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Asianized-Art Deco-French Provincial??
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Old September 30th, 2005, 09:40 AM   #6
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What period built, anyone knows?

"French Provincial"?
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Old September 30th, 2005, 01:21 PM   #7
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I don't think you can pigeon hole it into one style. It's obviously a mish mash of various styles of the era. Definitely prewar (ww2) after 1900's, which would make sense as the Sultan of Johors home. YOu'd probably be in the best position to find out the date and architect. I would think it's a local guy from the area (by local mean could be british as well but living there) . There are many similar in aura type homes in the colonial places where East and West meet and you accomodate the local climes and customs with what is perceived to be state of the art contstruction.
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Old October 1st, 2005, 08:40 PM   #8
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I can't find any info whatsoever about it!
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Old October 11th, 2005, 10:34 PM   #9
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It might indeed have potential if it were restored, but as to style...

"Neo Quelque Chose," perhaps? I've chosen to apply this to what happens when they take several styles, mix them in a blender, and liberally slap the resulting gumbo all over the structure with a trowel... ...while of course, letting the cornices, ralings, and other details fall where they may....

PS - the term was invented, to the best of my knowledge, by the blogger James Lileks - http://www.lileks.com
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Old October 13th, 2005, 07:02 AM   #10
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chino-portugese???..........
may be.........
chinese and western influenced building...............
looks great...........
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Old October 14th, 2005, 02:47 AM   #11
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my guess is that would be an early 20th century hybrid between colonial (european) architecture with local (chinese) tradition. i think buildings like those were often constructed as residentials for high officials of the colonial government, such as viceroys, governor-generals, etc.
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Old October 14th, 2005, 04:17 AM   #12
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It's a palace for the Sultan.
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Old October 14th, 2005, 10:35 PM   #13
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perhaps its passe to underpin styles of old Singapore buildings on Western norms. Because its not surprising that some styles here are not found elsewhere, or are simply a mishmash, just like Singapore's culture
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Good point, RafflesCity...just chalk it up to the good ol' universal human urge to classify, organize & pigeon hole...

If they ever did try to define an architectural style called "mish-mash," maybe the only definition would be that there IS no definition?
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Old October 19th, 2005, 04:09 AM   #15
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Indeed Liz L!

I fail to see why the rush to always classify things, especially in some cases (like this) where there is no evident answer! And yes, mish-mash sounds like a convenient term for those grey areas
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Old October 19th, 2005, 10:35 AM   #16
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its just an ordinary high class village house in the philippines if it is finished..
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Old October 24th, 2005, 05:01 PM   #17
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Another profound thought...

OTOH, RafflesCity, you do have to attempt to classify something to realize it can't really be classified... Perhaps the trick is knowing when to throw in the towel...
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THE SYLT OF THE BUILDING ITS ECLECTIC!
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Old October 25th, 2005, 05:11 PM   #19
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What is Eclectic?

@Liz L, I know...I have a very very basic understanding of these things, that cant match redstone's passion for classification and categorization heh heh
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Eclectic is the general term for 'mixed', normally refering to styles or cultures.
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