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Title: THE EVOLUTION OF THE MODERNIST CHURCH IN SINGAPORE: FACTORS AND EFFECTS
Authors: CHUA GUO RONG ALEX CHRISTOPHER
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
DT
Master (Architecture)
Chang Jiat Hwee
2016/2017 Aki DT
Alfred Wong
Modern Church
Issue Date: 5-Dec-2016
Citation: CHUA GUO RONG ALEX CHRISTOPHER (2016-12-05). THE EVOLUTION OF THE MODERNIST CHURCH IN SINGAPORE: FACTORS AND EFFECTS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Alfred Wong has been correctly acknowledged as one of the most prominent modernist architects of 20th Century Singapore, with some of his greatest contributions being the exemplary Catholic churches built in the 1950s. This essay refers to two case studies, namely the Church of St Francis Xavier and the Church of St Bernadette and it analyses the evolution of the modernist church through a series of contexts that these buildings were constructed in. These include the development of the architectural profession of Singapore, the state driven imperatives of post-colonial Singapore, the effects of these imperatives and the liturgical reformation of the Catholic Church in the 1950s. This essay attempts to examine the milieu of that period of time and hence, does not cover the life and work approach of Alfred Wong or analyse his artistic genius. The results of this study suggest the evolution of the modern church are down to an increasing credibility of local architects, a search of a national or regional identity, economy of cost and materials, image of simplicity and the reformation of the liturgical rituals.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/223203
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