Arthur Hubback

Regularly spending time in Malaysia means that I’ve become a little familiar with the architectural heritage of colonial era buildings, especially in Kuala Lumpur. Municipal architecture was dominated by architect Arthur Benison Hubback, who was responsible for more than twenty buildings across Malaysia. As with British imperialism in India, buildings often incorporated different architectural traditions and these images of the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station show how he used classical European domes, arches and gables in addition to features such as Mughal chatri spires, said to resemble the chatris on the roof of the Taj Mahal.  Across the road the last two photos show the more restrained railway administrative building.

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