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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 good points best Filipino architects and architects with principles which are fashionable, modern, and express twenty-first century savvy. those specific houses show off the easiest residential paintings by means of Filipino architects--outstanding works by way of 20 designers stepping past conventional conventions towards Asian fusion traits and foreign modernist structure. The ebook deals a journey of attractive constructions starting from gracious pavilion-houses in elite subdivisions of Manila to dependent holiday houses of Batangas and Mindoro.

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As with design in most post-colonial countries, this identity has been over half a century in the making. For 300 years, the Philippines was under Spanish rule, followed by close to another fifty under the Americans. House design during this time was largely in the vernacular tradition, save for the residences of aristocrats in the cities. The Spanish house was adapted as the bahay na bato (literally "house of stone," but in reality stone on the ground floor and timber above), a vernacular house with Western-influenced architectural dress made more permeable to cooling winds and protected from the sun and rain.

Concrete corridors lead to functional but flexible spaces. This narrow hall allows a glimpse of the minimalist kitchen, with its marble island, and the entrance to the spiral stairway to the basement. The grand central interior is bright with natural light streaming in from all sides. Translucent glass provides a certain amount of privacy to the occupants at the ground level, while clear glass in selectively placed tall slot window allows views of the street and neighborhood from the inside. Upstairs, one sees Yupangco's signature "folded" walls: concrete structural walls, which are poured on site into angled forms.

All interior walls are painted white to visually expand the space as well as to highlight the owners' fine collection of art. The art gallery in the foyer displays a stone sculpture by Impy Pilapil and an abstract painting by Gus Albor. The front elevation (top), longitudinal section (center), and ground floor plan (below) of the Tengco townhouse. A fully glassed wall conjures an immense spatial illusion. The staircase up to the third-level attic is also a sculptural work: "see-through" accordion steps ascend the structural wall with voids in place of risers.

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