Black and White Gallery by CarverHaggard
is based on colonial architecture

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Traditional black and white colonial houses influenced the monochrome palette of this private gallery and showroom in Singapore by London office CarverHaggard (+ slideshow).

Black & White gallery in Singapore

The Black and White Gallery was designed by CarverHaggard for a housing developer to provide a showroom, a cafe and a meeting area for visitors to a nearby development, as well as a multipurpose events and exhibition space.



The monochrome treatment of the building elements is based on the style of colonial properties found throughout Singapore and Malaysia.

Black & White gallery in Singapore

These were predominantly built between the late nineteenth century and the Second World War and featured white facades with black framing details and stripy sunshades.

Black & White gallery in Singapore

"The detailing draws from our analysis of the Singapore 'black and white' houses; a particular hybrid of Malay vernacular typologies and British half-timbered decoration," said the architects.

Black & White gallery in Singapore

Black-painted steel columns line the edges of the garden spaces and contrast with the white outer walls, while opposing walls are painted black and flanked by white columns.

Black & White gallery in Singapore

Located on the edge of the island's West Coast Park, the facility comprises a series of internal and external spaces connected by a sheltered corridor that spans the long and narrow site.

Black & White gallery in Singapore

As well as the walls and columns, the resin-coated concrete floors, windows and plinth are also treated in contrasting black and white finishes.

Black & White gallery in Singapore

Two rooms with different functions are flanked by gardens that create a connection to the natural surroundings of the park.

Black & White gallery in Singapore

At the front of the site, the first room next to a car park contains the cafe and meeting space. The room is glazed on three sides to allow views straight through towards the rear of the building.

Black & White gallery in Singapore

A showroom space at the far end of the corridor has a more enclosed feel, with glazed walls on two sides looking out onto gardens on either side.

Black & White gallery in Singapore
Floor plan – click for larger image

The open-sided corridor is treated as an additional room, with low tables and seating providing resting places that look out towards the gardens and are protected from the tropical weather.

Black & White gallery in Singapore
Sections – click for larger image

The structure was designed to be dismantled after after one or two years and either reassembled elsewhere or recycled.

Black & White gallery in Singapore
Isometric diagram – click for larger image

Photography is by Aaron Pocock.

  • ck.

    I don’t see any colonial influence. Only that of Barcelona Pavilion by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.