Architecture of Singapore
Singapore's short history lends to its short architectural
history. Prior to heavy immigration and British dominance on the island most local
architecture was housing that was similar to the nearby Malay
Peninsula. Most houses were made of wood and built on stilts with large open windows
to cool the buildings. Once the British arrived in
1819 these slowly disappeared and today are gone.
Early on, the merchants under British rule built
from stone and brick to prevent fires; the island was primarily a shipping hub so
warehouses were common and these were simple brick buildings for much of the 1800s.
Another type of building common during the time were places of worship as traders
from all over the world settled numerous temples, mosques, and churches were built,
again, primarily from stone or brick and survive today in Singapore City.