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Japanese Aesthetic for a 198sqm Bachelor’s Condo

Chako Hirayama of Design Hirayama+Quesada finds a nice balance between ultra-modern and too-traditional in this space

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Original Article: Camille Besinga Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar Interior Designer: Chako Hirayama of Design H+Q

Space is a precious commodity in today’s urban jungle. And what you do with that space is even more crucial and needs a lot of careful planning. That’s why when Chako Hirayama of Design Hirayama+Quesada saw the 198sqm condo of her bachelor client, she immediately knew that the large balcony would be the unit’s focal point.

Aside from that, Chako had the actual dividers—the kitchen countertop separating it from the dining area, for instance—torn down, in order to create a seamless flow from the kitchen and dining area to the living room and back. She also replaced the swing door and windows opening out to the balcony with sliding glass doors, allowing natural sunlight to swathe the unit—a practical way to utilize energy efficiently, but also a way to make the condo seem bigger. Finally, she converted the former two-bedroom unit into just one, merging the two rooms for a master bedroom and the two baths into one large master one, while tweaking the third bathroom into a small powder room for guests.

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Original article by Camille Besinga. Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno. 

Read the original article (“Room with a View”) in the October 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living.

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