Singaporean Mandarin Database
This database contains a collection of Mandarin terms which have cultural, historical or sentimental value unique to Singapore. These terms may be used by Singaporeans in the past or at present. Some of the terms are read in print while others are used in our everyday conversations.
A freestanding house not connected to other buildings or structures.
- 在新加坡，供人们居住的房屋基本分为有地住宅（landed property）和无地住宅（non-landed property）。独立式洋房（detached house）、半独立式洋房（semi-detached house）和排屋（terrace house）均属于有地住宅。
- 新加坡的独立式洋房虽然数量不多，但各有风格，其中最为显著也富有历史价值的是“黑白屋”或“黑白洋房”（black and white houses）。这些两层楼高的洋房建于1898至1941年间，供英国殖民官员和公务员居住，如今大部分由政府出租给外籍人士。
- In Singapore, residential properties can be categorized into landed property and non-landed property. Detached houses, semi-detached houses and terrace houses are classified under landed property.
- Compared to semi-detached or terrace houses, detached houses are usually not attached to other buildings or structures. They usually have their own parking garages, servant quarters and some may even have security posts.
- Compared to other landed properties, detached houses take up more land, and hence are among the priciest.
- There are relatively few detached houses in Singapore, but their styles are unique in their own ways. Some of the most prominent detached houses are the “black and white houses”. Built between 1898 and 1941, these two-storey houses served as residences for the British colonial government officers and civil servants. Today, these houses which are distinct in appearance and rich in historical value are leased by the government to foreigners in Singapore.
In the early years, detached houses located in plantations were usually used as villas. After that, more black and white houses were built. Pre-war, the Art Deco style started influencing building designs. After the 1950s, the bungalows integrated post-modernism and deconstructivism elements in their architecture. (Lianhe Zaobao, 9/10/2016)
TERMS USED IN OTHER REGIONS
别墅 (Mainland China), 独立屋 (Hong Kong, Taiwan)