The architecture recalls Modernist themes with strong horizontal lines and extensive glazing. The upper level is clad in teak wood and glass, and framed by a deep band of white stone.
"The top storey is a more monolithic element, which provides a strong contrast to the transparent, glass-walled base of the house," says Molina. "The heavy upper floor appears to float above the ground."
The formal entry to the house passes through the granite wall, but the pathway first crosses a bridge over a reflection pool.
"We wanted the entry to be quite processional," Molina says. "The bridge invites you to step over towards the front door. The entry is also very deep, with stone wrapping around both sides, so there is a strong sense of passing through a portal."
The main entry opens up to a large living room, with a sculptural spiral staircase in the foreground. With its solid balustrading, the staircase acts as a screen, shielding the living room from the front entry. It also anchors the space visually, and forms a dramatic backdrop for the interior.
As with all new houses designed by Ong&Ong, the home has a close connection with the landscape.
"Blurring the transition between inside and out is a trademark of our residential architecture," says Arango. "We always like to emphasise the tropicality of our projects. Removing the barriers between inside and out also makes the spaces feel much larger."
The architect says the owners can enjoy the landscape more readily when there is a seamless flow between the interior and outdoors.