The Tropical House: Cutting Edge Design in the Philippines by Elizabeth Reyes

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They envisioned “a home reminiscent of pre-war depth, and the owners’ visions of beauty and order. As such, the Philippine colonial houses in Pasay in the ’30s … with the Periquet residence is an exquisitely handcrafted post-colonial air of a colonial Singapore black-and-white house, with villa in the heart of Forbes Park. ” Architects Andy Locsin and Ed Ledesma of Locsin Partners responded with an elegant urban villa reminiscent of pre-war structures—with soaring ceilings and columned courtyards, fine black railings on open terraces, and the mullioned windows of Asian colonial days.

Inspired by her brother’s love for music, she arranged the spaces as movements in a concerto, working out the myriad details until the house sang with musical themes and motifs. Her favorite features are the seven staircases—each with different designs making lilting allusions to musical notes or the frets and strings of guitars and violins. ” A favorite space of Lisa, homeowner and curator of the art throughout the house, is the turreted library, lined with bookcases and warmly “carpeted” in traditional Spanish cement tiles.

Meanwhile Marissa savors her large professional kitchen: with its stainless steel splashbacks and countertops, it is a chef’s dream. Modernist Mansion 63 Previous pages The family lounge in warm chocolate and gold glows with the light from an onyx bar. The owners chose the B+B Italia furniture for its earthy shades and low-slung comfort. Opposite The refined living area features “folded walls” of grainy travertine marble—covering the vast floor space, before climbing up the walls and stairs. Note the fine wooden screen on the mezzanine—it ensures privacy, all the while promoting feng shui.

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