Architecture of Brunei
The most authentic and oldest form of architecture in Brunei
is domestic (home) architecture. Since most of the country lies on the water, wooden
stilt houses were the living arrangements for most of time as they tend to be fairly
open to let in the breeze to cool the houses. Although the people have moved away
from this style of house to more modern amenities, Kampong Ayer is still home to
many houses in this style.
Over time the architectural styles changed slowly and with no great leaps other
than with the introduction of Islam. As a part of the trading world for hundreds
of years Indian and Chinese influences slowly entered the
region, but it wasn't until about the 1400s when Islam arrived did the style
change greatly. The greatest change at this time wasn't in style, but rather
in structure as mosques and other Islamic buildings were constructed.