Designer Lim Hong Lian’s stylish sanctuary emerges from Singapore’s urban sprawl to offer privacy, space and a bold aesthetic identity設計師林豐年時尚的新加坡家園集私隱、空間與矚目美學於一身
Singapore’s architectural identity is informed by grand colonial structures, art decoinspired public housing developments and skyline-shaping postmodern high-rises in glass and steel. However, when it came time for Lim Hong Lian, founder and principal partner of LTW Designworks, to realise his own home, he decided to look beyond local traditions to create a stunning – and often surprising – sanctuary within the modern metropolis.
Perched atop a hill and surrounded by evocative tropical verdure, the three-storey abode Hong Lian shares with his wife Christine whisks you far from the urban sprawl below, although panoramic vistas presenting Marina Bay Sands and other icons in miniature affirm the property’s
屹立山上、被翠綠熱帶植物包圍的三層大宅就是林豐年跟太太Christine共享的安樂窩，儘管遠看依然望到Marina Bay Sands和其他標誌城市建築，甫內進卻即時把你帶到鬧市之外，讓人同時置身於大都會與天然綠洲中。林豐年指：「我想創造出『熱帶家居』的氣息，並以四周天然
cosmopolitan situation. "I wanted to create a ‘tropical home’ and the site’s natural surroundings became my primary inspiration," explains Hong Lian. The resulting design is one that plays with convention and breaks down the boundaries between interior and exterior to create a seamless flow – both palpably and aesthetically – from the dwelling to its environs and back again. A generous open-plan layout and leeward position induce a comfortable micro-climate with plenty of air, while water features, including a swimming pool and pond, also play a role in keeping the residence cool, particularly at night.
Materials were chosen for their rustic tones and textures, with unpolished Italian marble, reclaimed teak and iron cladding favoured for their unique qualities and ability to age gracefully together. "The iron facade connects the house with its surroundings," says Hong Lian. "The patina of the iron is formed over time after prolonged outdoor exposure and natural oxidation. We want the house to react to and change with its setting."
Designer Lim Hong Lian's impressive abode is a veritable private sactuary, complete with a swimming pool, pond, art installation and spectacular views across Singapore's skyline.
STUNNING SPACE The double-height art-piece by Beijing-based studio Dragon Place connects the ceiling and the floor of the expansive living room, flanked on either side by cooling bodies of water.出色美地雙層高的藝術作品出自駐北京工作室Dragon Place之手，把廣闊客廳的天花和地板範圍連繫起來，各邊均與水為伴。