Singapore has some very unique places, not found anywhere else in the world (and I'm serious! )
Officially defined as having a business faciltiy on the ground floor and residence on the second floor up. The tallest colonial shophouses here are 5 storeys tall.
They have a narrow frontage but are very deep. The rear has an alley, used for loading/unloading and dumping of refuse, so that the main street wouldn't be jammed up.
Most shophouses have either a back courtyard or airwell(s), or both. Some have spiral staircases at the rear. Others have a small door that leads to the second floor at street level beside the main entrance. Others do not.
The facade reflect the original owner. Different styles, or a combination of them reflect our diverse cultural background.
Shophouses are generally found in Malaysia and Singapore. A great majority of them are in Penang, Malacca and Singapore. Their presence is predominantly in Singapore.
Apartments, Tiong Bahru Conservation Area (Tiong Poh Road vicintiy).
These apartments were built by the Signapore Improvement Trust (SIT) from 1936 onwards.
Height from 2 to 5 storeys tall.
The Art Deco apartments are a blend of apartment and shophouse style.
Almost all apartments have a staircase at the back. All have alleys. Some have airwells.
Unique places of worship
Shuang Lin Monastery: Spectacular blended Chinese styled monastery, not found in China
Masjid Abdul Gafoor: Amazing mosque bearing Classical style elements
Masjid Sultan: Mosque in blended Art Deco and Islamic styles
The most famous landmark here. In tropical neo-Classical style, only found in tropical British colonies. One of the grandest in this style.
Black & White bungalows
As their name implies, they are always painted in the two colors. B&W bungalows can be found all over Singapore, in the old areas. There also have unique styles of their own. Generally being Tropical Neo-Classical in design. Only found in Singapore and Malaysia if I'm not mistaken.