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Build Your Own Modern Minimalist Home

We caught up with architect Agatha Rodis for a few expert tips on how you can achieve your dream space

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Photography: Jilson Tiu Architect: Agatha Rodis

When we published the 450sqm modern minimalist home in Cainta, many were immediately captivated by its imposing façade that showcases wood, cement, and glass. Beyond the front door, well-thought-out areas can be found. A high ceiling defines the living area, a cozy outdoor nook invites guests to relax, and impressive works of art complete even the smallest of corners. A project by architect Agatha Rodis, the three-storey property was finished in collaboration with Minimalist Manila (interiors) and Western Engineering and Industrial Supply (contractor).

From the materials chosen to the clever use of space, this house has everything the owners wished for in a space. If you’ve been dreaming about building something similar, you may want to start with inputs from an expert. “For us, minimalism is a discipline, not a style. The design focuses on the functional elements and excludes all the inessential. A simple and clean design is derived from this discipline, and as the saying goes, ‘less is more,’” says Agatha. The architect also shares a couple of key points to remember when working on a modern minimalist haven: 

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1. Choose materials based on function and make sure these adapt to our tropical setting.

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