Military Black & White Houses

The 1920s saw a huge build up in Singapore’s defences – army barracks, air force bases and the Naval Base.

In addition, accommodation in the popular black & white style was built for the military personnel - from grand “bungalows” for officers to blocks of flats for more junior ranks. Our tours of Military B&Ws will explore these.


Located at Singapore’s most northern point, Sembawang became home to the Royal Naval Base in the build up of Singapore's defences before WW2. It included dockyards, wharves and workshops, plus supporting residential, admin & commercial areas; almost a self contained town.

After independence, the Naval Base was handed over to the Singapore government, which in 1968 converted it into a commercial dockyard. But the splendid old Black & White houses built for senior Naval personnel remain… & draw us up North!