House Tours: 7 resort-inspired homes with dreamy vacation vibes
The family members of this Good Class Bungalow favoured a home that felt livable and had a relaxed atmosphere. Nestled within the Caldecott Hill estate, it is home to three generations of the Ong family, and boasts Balinese elements elevated with a more modern resort look.
Aptly named the “Secret Garden House”, this home in the Good Class Bungalow area of Bukit Timah is characterised by striking contemporary geometry, natural materials and an abundance of lush greenery. Dreamt up by Wallflower Architecture + Design, it was designed to achieve the feel of a peaceful, secluded resort after its full potential had been harnessed.
Drawing on their combined inspiration from their travels to the UK and Italy, and their own individual tastes, art director Fazlie, and his wife Corinne, who is a teacher, created an abode oozing Mediterranean flair with a mid-century modern aesthetic.
With a lack of garden space, the Kee Jing Zhi, a founding partner at Freight Architects brought the outdoors into this semi-detached house, with live trees growing in any available outdoor space – even one growing in the middle of the home, sprouting out of the courtyard and right next to the dining area.
Design: Freight Architects
Architects Diego Molina and Maria Arango, directors at Ong&Ong, created this tropical dwelling with a holistic design that’s tailored to meet the family’s requirements. From Zircon wood panels, trellis and screens, fair-faced concrete overlaid with formwork patterns, and travertine expressed in a multitude of ways and finishes, all allude to a sense of tropicality and of the outdoors.