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A Museum-Inspired Contemporary Bachelor Pad

This two-storey contemporary Asian home pays homage to the owner’s passion for art and architecture

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Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar Architect: Jowee Tatad

It took two years of planning and revisions with architect Jowee Tatad to fully realize the owner’s art-inspired home complete with essentials such as – a small garden, an office, and an entertainment area.

The result is a space built like a museum, with antiquities from ancient worlds encased in elegantly fashioned podiums, art pieces on plywood covered in black cloth, and even miniature pieces displayed in subtle niches carved into wood-paneled walls. Unlike local museums, this home takes after international ones, in terms of the view outside and comfort. A picture window shows a landscaped garden, an open layout leads to a dining area, and comfortable furniture abound, much like the presence of many cushioned benches found in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The space highlights an eclectic mix of different elements as it perfectly balances Zen touches – a stone Buddha in the garden, a rock garden in the living room, and ornamental figurines—with modern flair.

Upstairs, two guest rooms, the owner’s home office, and entertainment room—acoustically treated, complete with sound-absorbing drapes—are found. A wall that turns 360 degrees connects the entertainment room to the bedroom, with a 50-inch TV mounted on it. A proof of the owner’s passion for the arts, this home doesn’t just house art, it’s art in itself.

Read the original article (“Conversation Piece”) in the July 2008 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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