A brick bungalow (aka Japanese house)
The brick bungalows were two bedroom houses, with three bathrooms (two up and one down) I was lucky and had an amah come three times a week to do the washing, ironing, cleaning etc. Apparently these houses were appropriated by the Japanese officers in World War 2. Off each bedroom there was a small "store-room", and I was told that these were actually where the comfort women for the Japanese officers were lived.
The black-and-white houses are still a distinctive element in Singapore's architectural heritage.
Click here for a slideshow of interior of a black-and-white house (although this is a very luxurious version of one, but you can see the layout and style of the architecture). The house I lived in was very modestly furnished. So what are B&W houses? They are old bungalow style houses dating as far back as 150 years, that are today owned by the government. They are quite open in design as originally there was no such thing as air-conditioning, and in fact most of the time I lived there I did not use air-con, there were no glass windows, just black wooden shutters that you could pull shut for privacy, most of the time they were left open to allow the breezes to flow through. A good design for a tropical area house. (There were security grilles on all of the windows) On the right hand side of the photo you can just see another building, this was the laundry, amah's quarters (if your amah lived in) and kebun's (gardener) store-room.