The MU House is a two-storey house on a 250-sqm rectangular lot with the open-planned living spaces predominantly facing the rear side of the lot, the focal point of the design being the backyard. The stairs that lead to the two bedrooms are located by the entrance to make way for the combined communal space of the kitchen, dining and living areas; this is to take advantage of the openness that the patios on each side brings to the interior.
The B House rests on a one-hectare lot in Madridejos, Bantayan. With a lot as expansive as this one, the client has requested to use as much space as possible for their home. A circular driveway leads to the house. The spaces of the house have been designed to sprawl out over the lot. On one wing, there are the living area and the bedrooms while on the other, are the more active zones, like the dining area and kitchen, the family room and the client’s workshop. In the middle of both wings is an L-shaped swimming pool with a hallway that connects them. The pool also extends in the front, creating a small water feature by the entrance porch. The carpark and service areas are also separated from the main house, taking advantage of the sheer size of the lot. The structure also adds to the wide façade of the house.
The R House is a single-storey residence for a family of four in Talisay City. It has an interior floor area of 90 square meters enclosing four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a collective space for the living area, dining area and the kitchen. Situated in the center of a 218-square meter lot, the bedrooms and the living spaces utilize the building setbacks as adjacent open outdoor areas; Along the walls are glass sliding doors to extend the interior spaces to the outdoors, letting natural light and ventilation into the house. Its exterior design employs the use of concrete and steel in defined lines and planes, set in a manner that evokes weightlessness despite the heavy nature of the materials.
The Z Toilet and Bath is a house expansion for a family of four. The house is built at the bottom of a cliff side in Maria Luisa Estate Park. The couple wanted to have a larger ensuite bathroom with a bathtub and to convert the existing bathroom into a walk-in closet. Adding 17 square meters to the second floor, the expansion comprises of a shower area, his-and-hers lavatories, a water closet and a bathtub with its own television. The main objective is to take advantage of the location’s natural landscape, to maximize the visual connectivity and the outdoor experience while maintaining privacy from neighboring houses. Large floor-to-ceiling windows are set along the walls of the bathroom; those facing the adjacent house are of frosted glass. These windows, along with the skylights above the bathtub and shower area, flood the room with natural lighting and provide a view of the vast green cliff side behind the house.
The RT House is a 420sqm home situated in a 837sqm lot in Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte. It is designed to be luxurious and with lightness and openness in mind. The open areas are landscaped to connect with the house, mixing the exterior with the interior, creating the feel of a wide and barrier-free home.
The P House is designed for a couple working abroad. The site is a 350-square meter lot situated in a high land subdivision in Cebu. With four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a swimming pool, the house is intended to cater to gatherings with extended family and friends. For this purpose, it was designed to be a two-storey structure to maximize the space on the ground floor that opens up to a grass-covered area. To take full advantage of the view of the location, curtain glass walls line the perimeter of the house.
The J House is a two-storey residence for a family of four located in a subdivision in Talisay. The 150-square meter house comprises of four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a living area which opens to a recreational patio for small get-togethers. With the site coincidentally facing north, the master bedroom is provided with a generous opening. The same treatment is given to the ground floor living area in special consideration of the family’s dogs; wide sliding glass windows are situated to create a link for the indoors to the outdoors.
The D House is a two-storey residence for a creative and active young couple. The house incorporates raw materials like stone, metal and wood into its features, blending justifiably well with the site’s existing trees and foliage. This gives the structure the effect of being in tuned with its natural surroundings through the use of its materials. With the perfect location in the highlands of Cebu, glass walls are used to take advantage of the scenic view. The house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a recreation room that doubles as a gym and an infinity pool. A unified space for the living room, dining area and kitchen opens to a modest courtyard through a wide expanse of sliding glass doors, encouraging the unbroken connection between the indoors and the outdoors.
The S Dormitory is a two-storey building suitably situated in the vicinity of a college. The building is separated into two phases of construction; the first phase includes the dining hall, the kitchen, a convenience store, a handful of bunkbed rooms, and male and female bathrooms while the second phase of the structure is just two storeys of bunkbed rooms. With the site’s frontage facing south, louvers have been added to the space in front of the windows of the rooms to act as a buffer against the heat and glare of the sun.
The GP House is a two-storey residence located in the central area of Ronda. The brief was for the design to be minimalist and organic; this is interpreted through the long clean lines of the roofs and the use of stone, wood and steel. Within the 110-square meter floor area are four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a unified space for the living area, dining area and kitchen which is connected to outdoor patios on both sides. To preserve the existing trees in the site, the patios are strategically located to take advantage of the trees to connect with the overall plan of the spaces.
The G House is an interior design project for a 400-square meter blank floor space on the second and third floor of an existing mixed-use building owned a doctor and a businessman. With the ground floor of the building dedicated for rentable areas, the couple decided to build their residence on the subsequent floors. It houses six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a powder room and a wide expanse of space for the living area, dining area and kitchen. It also has a theater room that connects to a toy room, a study room that links the kids’ bedroom to the master bedroom and an expansive multi-purpose area. With the residence’s generous floor space, each member of the family can indulge in the luxuries of their hobbies.
Treehouse Juicery is a franchise of healthy ready-to-eat food and drinks. Located in Dubai International Airport, 47 square meters has been allocated for the seating, the counter and the preparation area of the grab-and-go store. The design concept is inspired by the simplicity of nature brought about by the strong use of wood in every architectural feature. An iconic aspect of every branch of the juicery is its “Tree of Life” which is placed in the center with its tree branches extending out into the space of the textured ceiling.
Cafe Eton is an expansion project of a restaurant in Argao owned by a young businessman working abroad. Taking advantage of the shortage of quiet hang out places in Argao, the client decided to add a coffee shop to his restaurant. The use of wide windows and louvers give the 37-square meter cafe the impression of openness and space. Concrete, steel and wood, the prevailing textures in the overall design, convey the simple sophistication of utilizing materials in their raw form. The subdued and organic color palette fits well with the added plant life and the natural scenery seen from the cafe's elevation.
The H coffee shop owned by young business partners who wishes to provide a quick and easy reprieve from the busy lives we live in the city. With the use of dark natural stones like marble and granite and dim warm lights, the space feels like a modern cave for peace and quiet. The owner specified the use of natural and organic materials to emphasize the atmosphere of calmness and intimacy, one’s own personal hideout.
F&H is a modern and minimalist vegetarian restaurant mainly inspired by the earth and natural elements of Syria. Traditional tiles are a nod to the cuisine’s origins in Jodo. To keep the touch of nature, raw materials of concrete and wood are used throughout the design with ample additions of greenery.
+971 is one of the restaurants for Ephemera, a creative F&B cluster of five unique restaurants in Westfield. The idea was to bring the UAE to Westfield with modern and understated Dubai authenticity. The design expresses this through the use of Arabic calligraphy and patterns into its walls and the space’s focal point, the +971 bar. The country’s heritage of being a fisherman’s village is realized through the thick twined cords that span the expanse of the ceiling and through the basket like features of the restaurant’s lighting.
Bao Bao is one of the restaurants for Ephemera, a creative F&B cluster of five unique restaurants in Westfield. The inspiration for the concept came from the active neon-filled streets of Asia. Colorful and flashy with the atmospheric touch from old school video games like Pacman. The materials used encouraged the mood of Asian bustling streets, like metal grates, rustic wood, neon lights and metal chairs.
BREAD YI BLED
Bread Yi Bled is one of the restaurants for Ephemera, a creative F&B cluster of five unique restaurants in Westfield. The restaurant offers a strong food identity representing North Africa while the design inspiration is driven by the ethnic patterns of the Berber Tribe. The patterns are plastered in the walls, the floor and the seating to give off the traditional atmosphere yet without losing its modern flare.
Kaama’N’In is one of the restaurants for Ephemera, a creative F&B cluster of five unique restaurants in Westfield. Kaama is food in Sri Lankan. Sri Lanka’s food identity is influenced by Indian cuisine with a diversity of flavors combining the country’s spices and local farm products. With a touch of tradition without going too ethnic, the restaurant is a mix of Sri Lankan patterns and rustic wood. The color palette is inspired by the colors of a sun setting on a grassy hill.
Mouv’ is one of the restaurants for Ephemera, a creative F&B cluster of five unique restaurants in Westfield. A major part of the restaurant’s principles is existing for the community and environment and to support the changes growing about them. Using the materials of the moment like concrete, tiles and wood gives the space the expression of being young, fresh and current to reflect the ethics of the establishment.
28 SQM HOUSE
This 28sqm House is designed in a property with a width of 3.77m. This parameter leads to the opportunity of creating a straightforward open plan which goes well with the owners’ minimalist lifestyle and a key consideration for designing the spaces are the four existing trees on the site.
Bed spaces are provided with curtains and a movable partition for occasions when additional privacy is preferred. In other instances, the beds may double as seating making the entire space a lounge area. Along one entire wall are the kitchen counter and ample storage spaces.
The interior aesthetic utilizes the appearance of raw wood and concrete. The exterior is kept simple with a concrete finish and a shelf of planters in the façade, functionally diffusing the afternoon sun from entering the interior and indulging the owner in her hobbies of gardening.
EF COMMERCIAL BLDG
Owned by a family of businessmen, EF Building is a commercial center located in a 300sqm lot in Mandaue City. The commercial center has multiple rentable spaces, open for different types of businesses. Parking is exclusively designated in the basement to take advantage of the shops visibility on the ground floor.