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A Nature-Inspired Home in Batangas

Blurring the line between indoors and outdoors, this tropical house welcomes sunlight, wind, and rain—as well as the occasional kingfisher

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Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar

For some homes, bringing the outdoors in can be a challenge. But in this property owned by architect couple Mandy and Myrna, it’s no problem at all. The enclosures were carefully edited out to achieve a unique outdoor vibe inside the comforts of the home.

Located in Batangas, the house seems to be an invitation to Mother Nature to come in and mingle with the occupants. Glass doors open up to lush gardens, shallow indoor ponds brim with koi fish, and even unroofed areas welcome both sunshine and rain showers right in the middle of the home. Evolving from six plans, the final version of the house features high ceilings and lots of airy, open spaces. As you are welcomed by the pond with large Vigan jars, you’ll see see the bridge leading to the other areas of the home. Find out why nature is only too happy to drop by in this series of open kubos.

Original article by Tisha Alvarez. Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article (“Back to Nature”) in the November 2007 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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