Sunday, May 31, 2009
black and white colonial house
Singapore's colonial legacy includes black-and-white houses set amidst lush greenery and there're pockets of these in different parts of our island. These bungalows are so called because of black painted timbers and white washed walls. They were used by colonial administrators and military and senior business personnel. Typically they are designed with high ceiling with whirling ceiling fans, shaded verandahs and installed with black and white striped bamboo blinds to keep cool in the tropical heat, in those days before air-conditioning. Notice they are raised on pillars, like local kampung houses, to forestall any floods. These houses are still being occupied by tenants.
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