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15 Modern House Facades That Will Inspire You

Whether you're looking for a tropical modern beauty or a modern minimalist marvel, we've got all the styles for your house goals

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Photography: Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photo-left), courtesy Michael Cu Fua (right)

When building your dream home, it’s easy to get carried away thinking about all the beautiful furniture and décor you would source for it. But before you even think of that, don’t forget the most important detail of your house—the façade. While your architect would be in charge of creating the façade, you should also be happy with the overall design, as it is the one thing you’ll see first as long as you live there! Here are some ideas from our Real Homes.

Midcentury modern


The art gallery-owner of this 1960s-era home retained the distinct, International-style lines of the original structure, maintaining the porte-cochere (canopy) over the driveway, but removing the old window grilles.

READ: A Modern 1960s House Filled With Fun Colors And Vintage Finds

Modern-Asian


Architect Mark Siapno updated his family’s 1980s home with architectural details and a gate design that sports horizontal lines, giving the house a fresh, modern-Zen look.

READ: A Relaxing Tropical Home With Asian Touches

Laidback, modern-Pinoy


Interior designer Cara Marcelo used landscaping to add privacy and screen off part of her modern-Pinoy home from the street.

READ: An Airy Modern Pinoy Family Home In Quezon City

Resort-inspired


The homeowners wanted their abode to have resort-style features. Architect Joel Muñoz achieved this with a mix of clean, modern massing, corner windows, and a touch of natural materials on the cladding and gate. 

READ: A 450sqm Home Reminiscent Of An Aussie Beach House

Modern luxury


This sprawling, luxurious weekend house that is filled with high-end tropical interiors by Gwyn Guanzon has a surprisingly clean-lined, all-white, modern façade that is minimalist and resort-like at the same time.

READ: A 1200sqm Modern Weekend Home In Batangas

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American touches


According to architect Angelo Siochi, they had to follow a certain look and finish that was in line with the American theme of this Antipolo subdivision. Subtle American-style details such as shiplap cladding was integrated into what is still basically a modern structure.

READ: A Breathtaking Modern Home In Antipolo

DIY- modern


From the main gate, you’d think that Style Spotter Donna Cuna Pita’s house was just a bungalow, but the structure is actually multi-level, spreading down at the rear. The house number plate was something Donna DIY’ed from an excess stair plank.

READ: A Beautiful Dream House In Cavite That Was Decorated On a Budget

Raw concrete and wood

Architect Pierre Briones updated the old, 1970s-80s style of the former house into a sleek but textured, Japanese-inspired façade of wood and concrete.

READ: A Renovated 1970s House In Pasig

Eco-friendly touches


Some of the materials used here were up-cycled, but the overall effect is still very modern. “We also had to look for cheap materials that will look luxurious when mixed together,” says architect Alistair Sadie.

READ: This Industrial Contemporary Home Stands Out In Alabang

Simple but striking


Design firm ARQON made this home stand out against the contemporary structures in the area by emphasizing the unfinished and exposed structural elements of the façade and turn them into design details, “like the wide flanges at the perimeter of the house.”

READ: Style Rules This Modern Minimalist Industrial Home

Modern outside, feminine inside


This multi-level home in Cavite even has a Zen garden on the rooftop. The big surprise is that inside, the house sports glamorous but clean-lined interiors with a feminine touch.

READ: A 1000sqm Home With Dreamy Contemporary Interiors

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Cainta modernism


This three-storey home by Minimalist Manila uses an interplay of concrete, glass, and wood, along with different types of massing, to create this stunning façade.

READ: A Stunning 450sqm Modern Minimalist Home

Angular minimalism


Architect Michael Cu Fua dubbed this project the “Light House” because when lit up at night, it shines like a beacon of light amongst the traditional houses on its street.

READ: This Minimalist Modern Home In Alabang Is An Architectural Wonder

Modern ways with wood


In this home by Singaporean firm Ming Architects, the warm, wooden elements break this Singapore home’s sleek, white, contemporary façade.

READ: A Modern Minimalist Home With Warm Touches And Dynamic Spaces

Horizontal and vertical lines


The main façade of this Singapore house by architect Michael Cu Fua shows interplay of transparent and opaque volumes, and horizontal and vertical lines.

READ: A Filipino Designed This Space-Savvy Modern House In Singapore

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