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Filipino Architects' Amazing Homes

See the architectural and design details that make these homes extraordinary

Photography: Paolo Feliciano (Main Photos)

It is no surprise that many architects’ own homes are beautiful, but their own creations mostly go beyond beauty. Architects often experiment with new designs, building technology, and materials on their own houses because no one (except maybe their spouses!) would complain. There are unique details and touches in each structure that make their houses extra-special. Get some local design inspiration from these amazing but attainable architects’ homes.

Bold massing

Massing is an architectural term that refers to the shape or form of a structure. Architect Joey Manalad played with the massing of his weekend family home in Batangas—two angular wings joined by a central living area. Because of the open layout, the house remains airy and comfortable.

READ: A 200sqm Weekend Home In Batangas

A conscientious renovation

Architect Mark Siapno and his wife Anna moved into Mark’s parents’ 1980s house. Instead of tearing it down completely, Mark reconfigured the spaces, added linear design elements, and lightened up the color palette to make it bright and airy. These simple updates transformed a dark house into a Zen-like home.

READ: A Relaxing Tropical Home With Asian Touches

Minimalism all throughout

Many do not know it, but the famous radio disc jockey Joe d’Mango is architect Rolando Sulit in real life. Sulit opted for a very minimalist approach to his interiors to highlight the streamlined, modern architecture of his multi-level home.

READ: A Clean And Calm Look For DJ Joe D’Mango’s Home

A simple and efficient kitchen

Young architect Gerald Joson eschewed fancy kitchen cabinetry and contraptions and went for a sleek and very simple—but efficient—working kitchen. A dramatic black backsplash and wall serve as the perfect contrast for the all-white cabinetry. There are very few handles, so as not to ruin the seamless look.

READ: Forward-thinking Style Breathes New Life Into A 600sqm Home

The best of tropical design

Leave it to architect Gelo Mañosa to use tropical design all throughout his family home. Aside from the wide open windows and pitched ceilings that allow for passive cooling and air circulation, the eaves of the structure are very generous, and provide much-needed shade for the outdoor areas.

READ: A Sustainable Modern-day Green Home

Vernacular elements


Lamp designer Wendy Regalado-Fernando is an architect by profession, and this immediately shows in her Antipolo home. A pitched ceiling with exposed rafters and trusses give the living area an open, airy feel. Pinoy touches come in the form of clay tiles and Wendy’s own bamboo and paper lighting sculptures.

READ: An Airy, Artsy, Antipolo Home

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