By Elizabeth V. Reyes, A. Chester Ong
25 Tropical homes of the Philippines good points best Filipino architects and architects with rules which are trendy, modern, and convey twenty-first century savvy. those certain houses exhibit the simplest residential paintings via Filipino architects--outstanding works via 20 designers stepping past conventional conventions towards Asian fusion developments and overseas modernist structure. The publication deals a travel of attractive constructions starting from gracious pavilion-houses in elite subdivisions of Manila to based holiday houses of Batangas and Mindoro.
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Since these dwellings usually house more than one family, it is possible to think of them as a modern revival, fulfilling the need to define and confirm kinship by sharing space. An abundance of space provides opportunities for large landscaped gardens to enhance the modern tropical dwellings set within them as well as appropriate settings for freestanding pavilions. The Montinola house designed by Romeo Delfinado and Andy Locsin (page 72) showcases such pavilions, here used for entertaining, dining, or simply reading.
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. With the Americans came reinforced concrete and multistory apartments, mainly constructed in the Art Deco style, and bungalows in a gamut of revivalist styles, among them Italianate, Swiss Chalet, and Mission.
From the cool concrete kitchen, the circular staircase spirals down into the shadows of the basement. In terms of construction methods and materials, the Ngo house also breaks architectural ground. Ordinary materials like cement and glass are manipulated in unexpected ways on site, demonstrating the completely manual construction of a modernist structure. " Yupangco concludes: "The house will definitely grow from its original concept, as the occupants are free to change the spaces, thus making it dynamic....