Completed - 2021
The house is composed of terraced volumes following the slope of the site, with gardens surrounding the main spaces. The design is a contemporary Filipino architecture, with details and materials reflecting traditional elements. It is a 3-storey residence, located on a sloping site at San Mateo, Rizal. The service areas are on the ground floor, private rooms are on the second floor, and public areas are on the third floor.
A shed roof shelters the access into the house and opens into a double-height foyer, with a view of the sloping garden that runs in parallel with the stairs. Directly above is a mezzanine-like family area that overlooks the foyer, and leads into the bedrooms. The master bedroom opens into a terraced pocket garden. The continuous flight of stairs tie the terraced rooms together and culminates to an open plan public space, surrounded by outdoor areas and gardens. Plant boxes are built-in behind the roof, allowing shrubs and vines to blend into the house, while the roof overhangs to provide shade from the sun and rain. A roof deck on the top floor serves as an outdoor space with a view of the forest and the city beyond the trees.
The design is a contemporary “Bahay-na-Bato”, applied on the mountain-side property. Tropical architecture and sustainable designs are imparted into the house, with greeneries, daylight and breeze acts as palettes that subtly paints the house its character.