This story first appeared in the March issue of The Life digital magazine.
Always one to make a fashion statement, socialite Susanna Kang is not afraid of being bold when it comes to dressing up.
A fixture in society magazines, she is often seen wearing head-turning gowns and ensembles, complete with elaborate hairstyles.
She once dressed like designer Karl Lagerfeld, mimicking his trademark black outfit with a hint of a white high, starched collar when he was in town to launch the Chanel cruise 2013/2014 collection.
That creative streak was also apparent when it came to designing her Sentosa Cove house.
Standing on a 9,000 sq ft plot of land, the expansive house is a weekend home and features rooms inspired by the four seasons.
It is here that the family entertain friends and host dinners for close business partners about once a month, with as many as 100 people gathering at what has come to be known as the Party House.
Ms Kang, 52, is married to Mr Han Seng Juan, a former stockbroker who is a non-executive director and controlling shareholder of property development and management companies Centurion Corporation and Centurion Global.
The couple have a 12-year-old son, Ethan.
With entertaining in mind, Ms Kang wanted a house that has the "wow factor".
She says: "It's not your regular home, where you would have more bedrooms and utilitarian furniture. I was willing to sacrifice a little for the aesthetics."
It was designed by W Architects' Mok Wei Wei and built in 2012.
From the outside, one can tell the house is not your average home.
A "curtain" weighing more than 2,721kg and made of high-grade stainless steel cloaks the perimeter of the second floor. It was imported from Germany.
Shimmering in the sunlight, it shields the house from prying eyes though its inhabitants can still enjoy a view of the sea. It can be pulled back to get an unblocked vista as one stands on the verandah.
The "curtain" is a talking point for guests and passers-by. Mr Mok adds: "It was chosen firstly for its sensual quality. It acts as a subtle backdrop for the 'after dinner' activities."
When guests arrive at the four-storey house, they descend a long flight of stairs into a cavernous basement. Ms Kang says: "I meant for it to be like a runway, where guests can sashay and strut their stuff down the stairs. It's also the perfect spot to see the rest of the house. As you look up from the stairs, you get a good look at what else there is to explore."
The basement is filled with futuristic-looking furniture from well-known brands and designers such as Italian label Moroso and renowned architect Zaha Hadid.
An Hermes screen, made of a wood frame and scraps of crocodile skin taken from the cutting-room floor at the French luxury house's atelier, adds a luxurious touch.
A luscious green wall, filled with creepers growing under ultraviolet light, is encased behind a misty glass screen, creating a tropical spring feel - the theme for the basement. Adding to that wild factor are two taxidermied peacocks that preen regally next to the bar.
For sit-down dinners, guests head to the first level, which has a 22-seat custom-made table with bronzed legs and a high-gloss finish - the result of multiple layers of lacquer. It beautifully reflects American industrial designer Karim Rashid's topograph-shaped chandelier that was made as part of Swarovski's Crystal Palace collection.
The upper floors were designed for smaller break-out groups.
On the second level is where guests will find three "glass boxes", each decorated in a different theme.
One box is a 900 sq ft karaoke and media room, complete with songs by artists such as British boyband One Direction and Chinese singer Faye Wong.
Cloaked in purple velvet curtains, a deep eggplant- coloured carpet and multi-coloured lights around the room's periphery, this room was inspired by the decor of KTV lounges for the "feel of the real thing", says Ms Kang.
The autumn box, about 750 sq ft in size, has a masculine vibe with a dark brown Chester One low-back sofa by Italian furniture-maker Poltrona Frau and a well-stocked wine chiller. Here, the men can kick back and relax with cigars.
Across the short passageway is the 750 sq ft winter box - an all- white space that would not look out of place in a chic ski resort cabin.
Air-conditioning ducts have been trained on this area so that the blast of cold air creates that icy feeling. The floor is covered in a fluffy, white carpet and there is a fireplace that runs on ethanol. It produces flames, but not heat.
For parties around the pool, guests head to the summer room in the attic that is designed to look like a ship's cabin. Even though it has been a few years since the house was built, a fresh wood smell still lingers.
Sofa beds face the infinity pool outside. For movie nights, a hidden projector comes down and guests can kick back or sleep over if they want to and wake up to a sea view.
Ms Kang once turned the space into a Moroccan souk as guests partied like they were in the Arabian Nights.
She counts this part of the house as her favourite space, where she stretches out and does yoga. "I get my respite here. It's quite peaceful looking at the blue, open sea."
The Party House is very different from the family home, a good-class bungalow in Bukit Timah. She does not live on Sentosa because of its distance from the mainland as it would be difficult for her son and mother-in-law, who lives with her, to get around for their activities.
She describes her Sentosa home as a "modern kelong" as it is surrounded by water. Still, she loves it for pushing the boundaries of what a typical house could be. "I wanted to have a house that wasn't a typical rendition of a house as we know it. I wanted to have the design and architecture trending for its adventurous ideas."
• This story first appeared in the March issue of The Life e-magazine.
Cindy Chua-Tay is surrounded by art in her New York home
With its white, curvilinear walls and sloping facade, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum occupies a special place in New York City's cultural landscape.
But the institution's reach extends far beyond the Big Apple, all the way to Singapore, with the appointment of Singaporean Cindy Chua-Tay to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation's board of trustees.
The 46-year-old art enthusiast, who has sat on the Guggenheim's International Director's Council since 2013, says the invitation to join the board in October last year came as an exciting, if surprising, one.
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