If a house has glitz and glamour, but lacks warmth and is not livable, what is its value? This Singapore home is a fine example of melding style and substance, and is a reminder of what good living is all about. The owners, Tay Yi Chung and Miriam Yeung, worked in Shanghai for twelve years before moving to Singapore in 2019 for their two daughters to attend school here.
Tay works in digital advertising while Yeung was formerly in strategy consulting and marketing. She decided to look after her children full-time and now runs a blog on sustainable living. Music is also a big part of the family’s life—Yeung is a jazz singer and Tay regularly plays the classics by Chopin and Mozart at home.
For their dream abode, the couple sent Diego Molina and Maria Arango, directors of Ong&Ong, a thick brief of their requirements, describing the key elements as well as the finer details they wanted in their family home.
At the exterior, robust concrete walls frame panels of timber screens. “The solid teak helps to soften the facade and warms the house. It also differentiates the public and private areas,” says Molina. For instance, a slatted timber ceiling on the second storey stretches from the interior to the balcony and upwards to envelop the bedroom windows of the third storey and attic.
The solid teak helps to soften the facade and warms the house. It also differentiates the public and private areas.— Diego Molina, director of Ong&Ong