Com­bin­ing vis­ual flair with clean ar­chi­tec­tural lines, this home is a clas­sic study in the power of con­trast

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Hong Lian’s main con­sid­er­a­tion when it came to dec­o­rat­ing his abode was com­fort and es­tab­lish­ing ar­eas that are ideal for en­ter­tain­ing. "Our ac­ces­sories were mostly col­lected on our trav­els, dur­ing trips to In­dia, Egypt, Africa and around the world," he says. "No items in the main liv­ing ar­eas are too pre­cious. What we value most is the ‘liv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence’ it­self, so it’s im­por­tant for us to feel com­pletely at ease when we are at home." It is easy to imag­ine re­turn­ing to this ur­ban sanc­tu­ary af­ter a long day and feel­ing the pres­sures im­me­di­ately dis­si­pate. In de­sign­ing his trop­i­cal haven, Hong Lian has suc­ceeded in cre­at­ing an ar­chi­tec­tural and aes­thetic es­cape from the city that sur­rounds it that is in equal mea­sures warm and wel­com­ing – which is no mean feat in­deed. //


IN­SIDE OUT The strik­ing ver­dant scenery, in­clud­ing avo­cado, ba­nana and pa­paya trees, is im­per­a­tive to the abode's suc­cess and each room takes full ad­van­tage of its con­nec­tion to the nat­u­ral world.


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