A quiet and unassuming home but hidden within are stimulating and profound spaces. Having a bustling city just beyond the front door while keeping the owners happy and safe inside the walls makes this house extraordinary. All the big glass windows create the most wonderful views. It feels expansive with less obstructing structural columns and walls. This warm witty and welcoming home was made with great visions from the architects matching with open-minded ingenious clients.
The challenge given to us architects was to build a tranquil and meditative space at the heart of a Dynamic Muntinlupa City Business District. With the homeowner’s busy lifestyle, they wanted a place of imagination and enthusiasm for their kids and a peaceful lovely home for their future. Our solution was to form a vibrant and profound building that’s reflective to its environment day and night, where you can see the amazing colors of the city sunrise to sunset and yet the owners are safely placed inside the confines of their home. The house was built with simple and subtle forms mixed with three simple color pallets of white, grey and brown. A way of the building in emitting calmness from the exterior and neutralizing a busy environment though it doesn’t give much of the exceptional spaces stored inside. From the street, large black extruded steel mesh gates welcomes visitors in front of the 4-car garage and pedestrian gates. The concrete fence were treated with vertical strip stones that gently curves and on top are vertical flat steel bars that follows the wall around the corner. The large wooden main entrance door was inserted on a bent wall that has a dragon scale tile design laid with gentle precision. The curve wall, allows cool air to pass through under the large garage roof canopy and enters the main living and dining areas. The spaces inside feels profound with the subtle manipulation of openings give way to surrounding views while all the living spaces and upstairs bedrooms have “double height” ceilings to filter natural light that allows to trickle down into the deep interiors. In the middle of the house is the grand stairs and beside it is a “triple storey height” ceiling with large glazed windows that lights up the kitchen, dining, living and hallways above all throughout the day. The second floor bedrooms have “double height ceilings” with catwalks for outdoor balcony access and maintenance. The third level has the more intimate family room that can be converted to a play room and home theatre. The facade of the house is more subtle and elegantly formed with straight lines, curve canopies and bent walls. The large expanse of glass railings on the second floor garage roof balcony reflect nature and the vibrancy of its surroundings while the above steel railing plays a contrasting harmony of protrusions. The concave walls superficially invites the outdoors while the deep concrete canopies keep the internal spaces cool during summer months.
Project L12 / Casa PNDI youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4BYtJJPhew