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A 108sqm Condo Unit Showcases Green Philosophy

This home mirrors husband and wife’s love for the outdoors and their kids’ appreciation for nature

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Original Article: Anna Felipe Photography: Dairy Darilag Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson

When architect Liza Morales-Crespo and husband Robert decided to move back to Manila, they made sure that their home is going to be two things: a place where their children can be comfortable in and one that coincides with their eco-conscious principles. Liza, an architect with a focus on sustainable design, was one of the first Filipino architects to be certified as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional by the U.S. Green Building Council. With their kids – Joaquin and Cesca in mind, the husband-and-wife team started building their passion project that is their 108sqm condo home.

The unit, which they bought bare, gave them the freedom to utilize the space according to what they wanted: with adequate sunlight and ventilation. Thus, picture windows were installed in the bedrooms to let the daylight in, and glass walls were set up in the hallways to reflect the sunlight. To help clean and filter the air, Robert, who according to Liza is a “frustrated gardener,” put in some indoor plants. He was also responsible for their energy efficient fans in the living area and the foyer, which keep the house cool sans the air conditioners.

As for the furnishings, the couple shares that they follow a “less is more” philosophy. They use less material and ornaments so their projects have a smaller carbon footprint. Case in point, the salvaged and upcycled materials made into custom-made furniture pieces and tiles and the Terrazzo tiles made from recycled softdrink bottles among others fill their home.

Read the original article ("Natural Instinct") in the March 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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