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Daylight works a lot of magic in one’s design intent, particularly when the solution is located in a valley where there is more than ample tree cover. The amazing thing about this house is that it sits on a dim zone near the foot of a vegetated slope. It is actually blessed with diaphanous shadows and filtered light even during mid-day. It’s not at all exposed to strong winds and is gifted of having a naturally cool micro-climate.

Perception of cubic voids comes in sequences. One enters a free space unimpeded by partitions; all the servicing and utility areas are hidden from sight. The logic of user flow is that each movement terminates in the end with light. Light accentuates the end and beginning of your internal movement.

The pool and lawn are both part of the living room experience. Floor to floor height is at 4.5m, very high for a residential development but context-appropriate when it comes to natural lighting, spaciousness, and ventilation.

The sleekness of glass enclosures, the warmth of wooden accents, and predominance of white semi-gloss white paint finish create an urban chic that is both simple and elegant. Construction may begin within 2016.

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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