Maria Luisa Subd., Cebu City
Faced with the challenge of having only a 6-meter building height limit, there was no other option but to build downwards in this sloping site. A floating rectangular volume occupies the frontage, commanding the attention of each passerby yet unrevealing of the spaces that lie within. Dark horizontal steel members and slender wooden fluted panels create a façade that is bold and imposing yet evokes the subtle warmth of a good family home.
From the drop-off, one is welcomed by a long, narrow walkway that leads toward the main entrance door. The approach is almost processional as the architecture slowly compresses one through this stretch. As soon as one steps foot inside the foyer, an explosion of light releases the tension and a grand double-height living room comes into view. And one can do little else but gaze in wonder at the space before them, the garden, and the views beyond.
The main living spaces arranged in an open plan are concentrated towards the back of the site simply to maximize the views the site has to offer. Blending the outdoors and indoors, the dining and living areas spill out into the lanai and garden, creating a perfect area for hosting parties and events. The infinity pool lined with vegetation rests at the edge of the property, a lush foreground against the backdrop of the Cebuano landscape.