.2.7.1 THE ARCHITECTURAL STYLES OF SHOP HOUSES
There are several different architectural styles of shop houses on the street of Penang,Malacca or towns in Malaysia. Some have stylistic trends of the different periods on the frontfacade while others have undergone renovation or used modern materials in an effort toincrease their property values. All the architectural styles can be referring to the era in thecountry. Generally, there are four architectural styles of shop houses in Malaysia, which are:
a)Early Shop house style (1800 – 1850’s)
Figure 2.48: Early Shop house style
Source: Field study (2008)
The front facade appears to have a continuous row of panelled or louvered shutters,timber walls and plain masonry pilasters on the upper floor.
was used in the early shophouses but was banned due to fire regulations and later replaced by Chinese clay tiles. Theprofile of these tiles has changed slightly over time from a V shape to a more rounded shapewhich is lighter and smaller in size.Special features of the design consist of:1.Wood panel wall (spandrel) above the horizontal beam with minimal decoration. Later onthe spandrel is made of bricks and finished with concrete.
V-shaped, India terracotta or clay roof tiles, before that, most used
roof.3.Timber support beam (in this example, the timber beam is present).4.A row of continuous wooden shutters on the top level