By Elizabeth V. Reyes, A. Chester Ong
25 Tropical homes of the Philippines gains best Filipino architects and architects with principles which are trendy, modern, and exhibit twenty-first century savvy. those certain houses show off the easiest residential paintings via Filipino architects--outstanding works by means of 20 designers stepping past conventional conventions towards Asian fusion developments and overseas modernist structure. The publication bargains a journey of attractive constructions starting from gracious pavilion-houses in elite subdivisions of Manila to stylish holiday houses of Batangas and Mindoro.
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A stylized white picket fence provides a fanciful domestic reference to the sculptural but neutral geometry of the architecture. Horizontal sunshades and concrete balconies add a modern touch. The grandeur of the house derives from the use of white marble combined with solid black frames, as in these Mondrian-influenced sliding doors—repro art using different textured glass—leading to the dining area. A glass bridge across the atrium—the symmetrical center of the interior architecture—forms a dramatic passageway, connecting the two side masses.
By luck or hubris, Yupangco's ideas were accepted by his clients, Edwin arid Alice Ngo, restaurateurs and good friends, who then watched in amazement as the modernist structure rose on their lot. The Ngo house is an edgy creation on a massive scale. The imposing structure comprises a great grid of glass, enfolded by a sculpture of concrete. " The bright and seamless dining area is an organic space under sloping ceilings that mirror the rolling land outside. The great atrium steps down to this single-story height and focuses on the greenery beyond the glass.
Visible through the glass façade, the interior is crossed diagonally by long, elevated ramps, on which people can pass from one side to the other at the higher level. " A fish pond alongside the entry ramp continues underground to he viewed as an aquarium from within the basement. The house's multiple-car garage is a massive sunken space with no doors. Stepping into the house is like entering a glass and concrete sculpture of unorthodox planes and spaces. There are no rectilinear rooms in the Ngo house: every space is "irregular" in shape, and approached by unusual passages and corridors.
25 Tropical Houses in the Philippines by Elizabeth V. Reyes, A. Chester Ong