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Building for the Business of Bermuda

SYLVIA SHORTO
Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review
Vol. 17, No. 2 (SPRING 2006), pp. 39-54
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41758314
Page Count: 16
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Building for the Business of Bermuda
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Abstract

The vernacular building of Bermuda until very recently followed the slow, steady trajectory of small-island evolution. In the 1960s its distinctive architectural aesthetic was written into the law, partly to safeguard the tourist industry. Contemporary economic events in Bermuda, driven by the forceful presence of international insurance companies, are now dictating change. This article examines two buildings, recently constructed as global headquarters for ACE Limited and XL Capital Limited. It links conscious manipulation of local traditions of material culture by these companies to residual effects of Bermuda's particular colonial history

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