Here’s a quick exercise on how to generate the impression of having breadth and height within a very small house footprint. I’m always a fan of high-ceiling living rooms because of the amount of daylight and natural air that such a volume they can bring in. And aside from indoor air circulation through stacking, I think it adds a bit of positivism to the family psychology as well, where users who can readily call anyone from any floor level, integrating ground and second floor through hearing and sight. That makes daily living a three dimensional emotional experience for everyone inside.2

This house got lucky with a good lot orientation. The sun actually rises up on the corner side of the living room and sets to the back of the firewall late in the afternoon. Very little issue about glare and heat gain, a lot of opportunity for filtered light and ventilation.

Posted by:Carl Saycon, MBA, Architect, Environmental Planner, Green Building Professional

Hi, I'm Carl, an architect, urban planner, and green building professional. After working in top development companies in the Philippines for more than 13 years, I founded FYI Design Studio in June 2015. Although we started on a shoestring budget, we were deeply imbedded in our commitment to provide design solutions that are contextual, appropriate, and environmentally responsible. The team has evolved since then through countless ideation sessions and project experiences, nothing short of revelatory and enlightening for everyone involved. Nonetheless our commitment remains. Come with me and join us in our journey. This is the story of a tiny little firm. For project inquiries, please email me carlsaycon@fyidesignstudio.com.

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