Hubback Brothers Research Paper

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Arthur Benison Hubback was an architect and an army officer. He was born on 13th April 1871 at 74th Rodney Street, Liverpool. He was the eldest of the three sons and two daughters of Joseph Hubback who was a merchant and lord mayor of Liverpool in 1870. Joseph Hubback was born in the year of 1814 and died in 1882, leaving his widow to bring up five young children, but Arthur Hubback went to the Fettes College of Edinburgh in 1884 on a scholarship. He then graduated in the year of 1887 and was articled to the city architect in Liverpool.

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Arthur Benison Hubback

Arthur Hubback started as chief draughtsman of the Selangor public works department as his Malayan career in July 1895. When the construction of new government offices was fully extended, which the forceful state engineer, Charles Edwin Spooner decided it should be designed in variously known as neo-saracenic, new to Malaya or eclectic style. The process of architectural miscegenation was originated in India that have the combination of Indian Muslim, Gothic, Hindu and also other traditions, as an expression of the imperial achievement. Besides of its very novelty style posed of structural problems which led the prediction of the collapse of the central tower in Kuala Lumpur. The sceptics were proved wrong after a century later. Arthur Hubback left the government service for private practice, and he returned in the year of 1901 until 1914 and he then designed a number of large buildings for public in the same style, including a state mosque, main railway stations in the city of Kuala Lumpur and in Hong Kong. In the year of 1905, Arthur Hubback became an associate of the Royal Institude of British Architects. He marri...

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...d and vulnerable areas, namely the roof and its associated towers and pinnacles. Although there was a little surviving documentation, University Teknologi Malaysia were able to provide some measured drawings and KTM possessed a few of the original 1908 scheme drawings in Arthur Hubback’s hand. These documents formed the starting point of their analysis form which four main design intentions developed :-

- To “recomplete” the front elevation
Although unaware of Arthur Hubback’s original design intentions, PAB (Perunding Alam Bina Akitek) saw the client’s need for additional office space during renovation as a means to rebalance the building. Originally they had proposed the demolition of the Maybank extension, but this was rejected on cost grounds in 1983. Instead, a new façade of sufficient depth to provide sun screening was added to the existing hybrid north wing

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