The house is located in the residential subdivision of Better Living in Paranaque City, Metro Manila. The area features a low density neighborhood of houses and low rise buildings.
ProgramThe program is a 465sqm family house on a 360sqm lot. The entrance foyer, garage and service area face the access road while dining, living room and kitchen overlook the private courtyard.
The first floor hosts a family room and a private quarter with two bedrooms along with a guest-office room with access to a roof garden. The master bedroom occupies the second floor with its own salon, changing room and bathroom.
The house has 250sqm of landscaped courtyard, accessible roof garden and terrace.The
courtyard solution has been chosen for its qualities of efficiency and privacy. This typology has been widely used during Spanish colonial era here in the Philippines.
Bamboo is the chosen material for this project. It is a low cost and sustainable material that grows intensively locally. This material has been historically used in the country for the fabrication of handicrafts, native architecture and utilitarian objects.
The bamboo poles are treated against molds and pests then stained and varnished. They are protected by ledges that also prevent the direct sunlight from penetrating into the house, while on the top floor the layers of bamboos are doubled.The
courtyard isbordered by a pond running all its length with a vertical water feature facing the living and dining room. Small shells and crushed Adobe stone are incrusted into the render. At night, the wall lighted up from the pond.The
base of the main house and the entrance foyer is clad with Araal, local granite.All
windows, cabinets and beds have been designed and fabricated with Mahogany wood, also available locally.Stones
for the bathrooms and living room come from the nearby island of Romblon.There
is also a wall featured made of coconut bark in the master bedroom. Capizis used for most of the lamps.
Electricity is partially provided by solar panels placed on the top roof.