A Modern Asian House in Singapore by a Filipino Architect

Design consultant Michael Cu Fua builds a contemporary-meets-oriental-style home for a Chinese-Malaysian couple

Photography: Masano Kawana Architect: Ong & Ong - Michael Cu Fua

What kind of home do you want to have? This Chinese-Malaysian couple based in Singapore simply asked design consultant Michael Cu Fua of Ong & Ong for a property that is warm and posh — two adjectives that are not usually used in the same sentence. How can a house be warm and posh at the same time?

For Michael, the trick was to use Oriental furniture and accessories in a contemporary homeAsian-inspired pieces made from wood can add warmth to the two-storey structure defined by clean lines, clear glass, and modern materials. This unlikely combination results in a stunning space that the homeowners refer to as "pondokinda" or "beautiful house."


With the spotless white canopy, gray brick wall, and polished white floors, the entrance of the house reminds us of a modern art gallery

Living Area

For a modern look, the house only has plain white walls and gleaming white floors. These white surfaces also serve as the perfect backdrop for the homeowners' personal belongings

In the living area, the sleek furniture pieces are paired with rustic-Oriental finds. Colored glass and hand-painted details make these wooden items seem even more special.

Living Area

Just like many modern houses, this one also has an impressively high ceiling! A high ceiling looks grand and imposing; it also makes the space seem bigger than it really is. More importantly, it can help improve the ventilation in the home.

Cantilvered Staircase

Another feature commonly seen in modern houses is the cantilevered staircase. Floating wooden steps add to the clean and streamlined look of the home.

Behind the staircase is a glass elevator that allows the homeowners to conveniently go from one floor to another. When one takes this elevator, he or she can clearly see everything inside and outside the home.

Dining Area

The dining area is the only space on the first floor that is filled with bright and vibrant shades! The space has an accent wall covered with a bold pink-purple hue and a ceiling adorned with a Murano chandelier with colorful fruit crystals.

Beneath the chandelier is a ten-seater dining table made of wenge wood surrounded with dining chairs upholstered with light cream leather


In line with the modern style of the house, the kitchen is filled with white materials and finishes. For a seamless look, the kitchen cabinets and drawers have no handles. The gleaming surfaces also add to the striking appeal of the space.

Home Theater

The spacious home theater is enclosed with silky gray curtains. These heavy drapes improve the sound quality in the cozy and comfortable room

Master Bedroom

If you find it difficult to sleep at night, you may want to draw inspiration from this master bedroom! The simple black-and-white color scheme can make you feel calm and relaxed. 

Master Bathroom

The master bathroom has the same black-and-white color scheme! Using black and white can make any private sanctuary feel elegant and luxurious.

Master Bathroom

One of the most beautiful parts of the home is the open part of the master bathroom! The flourishing plants and pebble-lined path make the area feel tranquil and peaceful.

Walk-in Closet

The narrow space near the master bathroom has been turned into a walk-in closet that could easily be mistaken for a high-end boutique

Piano Room

The piano room is another space that reminds us of an art gallery! Apart from the white walls and floors, the space is filled with more white details, including the white piano and the white bar lit from the inside

Piano Room

For a dramatic look, the piano room is completed with a bare concrete wall and a white floor lined with spotlights.


The second floor also has an open space that can be the perfect spot for basking in the beauty of the surroundings

Cantilevered Home Theater

To make the house stand out even more, the design consultant chose another surprising detail! From the outside of the home, one can see that the home theater on the second floor "floats" right above the swimming pool. 

Facade at Night

The facade of the house looks even more spectacular at night! From the outside, you can appreciate the varying sizes of the different storeys of the home.

You can also see that the exteriors of the structure are defined by the white walls, wooden panels, and metal details. 


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