25 Tropical Houses in the Philippines by Elizabeth V. Reyes, A. Chester Ong

By Elizabeth V. Reyes, A. Chester Ong

25 Tropical homes of the Philippines positive factors most sensible Filipino architects and architects with principles which are trendy, modern, and convey twenty-first century savvy. those unique 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 tendencies and overseas modernist structure. The ebook deals a journey of lovely constructions starting from gracious pavilion-houses in elite subdivisions of Manila to dependent holiday houses of Batangas and Mindoro.

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These new houses have sparked a renaissance in residential architecture that is not only changing the Philippine suburban landscape but is also providing fodder for the imagination in international publications, pointing to a nascent design trend: "Tropical modern" is becoming the new modern. Philippine "tropical modern" is characterized by residential designs that are distinctive in their use of mutable space, sensual local materials, and functional accommodation of hybrid East—West lifestyles.

Cultural color is another big factor in the designs of these tropical modern homes. The interiors and exteriors address, both spatially and socially, the lifestyles that Filipinos (as well as many other Asians elsewhere), have grown to know and enjoy. Modern Filipinos adopt Western life, work, and leisure styles to fit cultural norms and social nuances. The demands of the extended family, the need to frequently entertain during the Philippines' numerous festive occasions, the projection of social standing and roles in the community, and the concept of hiyá (face) are intertwined with Western or modern practicalities such as the acceptance of home/office setups, a reduced dependence on domestic help, and the advent of two-career households, multiple-vehicle garages, and modern communications technology.

In the entry foyer, which is lined in light gray tile, a dark-stained "floating" stairway suggestive of an accordion, that turns an L-corner mid-air before touching ground, forms both a welcoming statement and a strong graphic impression. The stairway is placed over a shallow reflecting pool that continues to the outside. A picture window at the side looks out to the pool and to a bamboo garden. The adjoining living and dining areas comprise an expansive tiled space demarcated by a floating horizontal console.

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