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A 40sqm Bungalow transformed into a Two-Storey Home

Husband and wife, architects both, Boyong and Rowena Aquino design a house that's dominated by light and air

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Original Article: Amillah S. Rodil Photography: Jun Pinzon Styling: Issa Villar Architect: Rowena and Boyong Aquino

The minute you step into this home, you are instantly welcomed by an envelope of light—light streaming in from the floor-to-ceiling windows and light pouring in from the glass doors. When architects Rowena and Boyong Aquino decided to revamp their old bungalow, the first thing they agreed on is that it should feel light and airy; “maaliwalas” to be exact.

This they managed to achieve by making full use of each other’s expertise. Rowena took her years of experience working for an engineering company to design a definitively functional house, which maximized every available space. The neat freak in her also made sure that their house would be easy to clean and maintain. Her genius of a plan was complemented by Boyong’s minimalist aesthetics. Taking refuge in the warmth of earthy colors, Boyong proceeded to design the interiors with splashes of terracotta and green. Some of the walls he textured with stones and most of the furniture he designed himself. Completing the couple’s modern Asian home are artworks from Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand.

Original article by Amillah S. Rodil.  Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Jun Pinzon.

Read the original article (“Team Spirit”) in the January 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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