By Elizabeth V. Reyes, A. Chester Ong
25 Tropical homes of the Philippines good points most sensible Filipino architects and architects with rules which are trendy, modern, and exhibit twenty-first century savvy. those detailed houses show off the simplest residential paintings by way of Filipino architects--outstanding works by way of 20 designers stepping past conventional conventions towards Asian fusion traits and overseas modernist structure. The booklet deals a journey of gorgeous buildings starting from gracious pavilion-houses in elite subdivisions of Manila to stylish holiday houses of Batangas and Mindoro.
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Extra resources for 25 Tropical Houses in the Philippines
It is the heterotopic nature of modern Filipino design that actually provides a more layered reading and enjoyment of the spaces provided—compared to singular themes in Western interiors. The overall look and mood, despite these imports, is unmistakably tropical modern, pointing to another distinctive feature of Philippine houses: an eclectic design flexibility that allows references to Western art and objects without losing local stylistic identity. As with design in most post-colonial countries, this identity has been over half a century in the making.
Fernando and Catherine Zobel's elegant rest house in Calatagan, Batangas (page 120), resembles a Japanese temple in a field. The house embodies the much-vaunted Asian Modern look produced by the Leandro V. Locsin firm: a sleek vernacular roofline, a rectilinear living space, and serene pavilions formed by planes of stone, glass, and water. The modernist white abode of designers Tes Pasola and Tony Gonzales (page 162) was shaped by their Movement 8 leader Budji Layug. He wrapped the functions of the house in a transparent "skin" of glass, affording it extra dimension, creative openness, and stimulation for artists.
The 1000-square meter property stands high on a rugged cliff, exposed to both tropical storms and fierce winds. Regardless, Calma chose to build the cubist house in glass and concrete. Four rectilinear "portals" soar up to the sky, while three terraces are cantilevered toward the sea. Picture glass curtain walls open all the main rooms to the ocean side of the house. There, horizontal white railings "float" to barely outline the tiled terraces, or rise to "frame" private views of the seamless ocean.