A systematic evaluation tool for heritage shophouse facades

A systematic evaluation tool for heritage shophouse facades. Journal of the Malaysian Institute of Planners, 20 (2). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1675-6215 (2022)


Heritage shophouses are the architectural asset that becomes a landmark of many heritage areas, particularly in major towns in Malaysia. This cultural heritage needs to be preserved or conserved to prolongs its life. However, there is still a need for in-depth study on the architectural part as to add knowledge about this heritage treasure. Thus, this paper tends to develop a definitive list of the architectural characters of the heritage shophouse façades according to its elements. The definitive list was outlined by referring and comparing data extracted from the local government reports, books, articles, and research undertaken by scholars in architecture and conservation. Furthermore, afieldworkhad been conducted at the Heritage Area of Ipoh involving 121 shophouses by using a checklist to support the secondary data. Thematic analysis was applied by sorting all architectural characters intofive maincategories of elementsthat include structural, building enclosure, opening, fenestration,and ornamentation. Later, a matrix taxonomy of architectural styles was developed to form an evaluation tool as an innovation to the existing inventory and documentation method for the heritage shophouses. The paper concludes that the concise data of architectural characters are significant to differentiate the styles of theheritageshophouse façade. Further research at other heritage areas in Malaysia should be conducted to gain more data of other architectural styles.Keywords:Conservation, heritage shophouse, architectural styles,façade, evaluation tool.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Conservation, Heritage shophouse, Architectural styles, Facade, Evaluation tool
Taxonomy: By Subject > Architecture, Planning & Surveying > Town Planning
By Subject > Architecture, Planning & Surveying > Architecture
Local Content Hub: Subjects > Architecture, Planning & Surveying
Depositing User: Nurhayati Johari
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2022 04:53
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2022 04:53
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