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A Serene Space in Quezon City

Natural accents and an imposing wall ward off the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, thus achieving a sense of tranquility

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Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Coni Tejada Architect: John David O’Yek

Coming up with a haven of tranquility right at the heart of the urban jungle is no small feat—yet architect John David O’Yek has managed to pull it off. Drawing inspiration from Mother Nature and keeping in mind the family’s quest for space, light, and air within a densely populated area, he centered his design on a courtyard. It’s the first interior feature of the home to greet you as you step beyond the imposing front wooden door—a gateway to a relaxing retreat. Since the clients wanted an emotional environment with tranquil spaces that would serve as a refuge from the daily hustle of city living without sacrificing security and privacy, John David planned a modern resort-like environment – open yet secure.

The ensuing design is an inverted C-shaped structure, with a towering wall on the front and fourth side. The rest of the layout is split-level, with one area used for entertaining guests without disturbing or invading the homeowners’ privacy in the main house. The first level has short flights of steps leading from the foyer to the living area or to the dining area and kitchen. The second floor has two sub-levels with four bedrooms and a family hall, while a third level houses the attic and audio-visual room.

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In keeping with the theme and vibe of the house, the furniture are predominantly neutral and earthy in color—mostly browns and mochas, with hints of red in varying shades to prevent the atmosphere from becoming too dull and austere. High ceilings and sliding glass doors make the space even airier, a welcoming contrast from the crowdedness of everyday city life.

Original article by Tisha Alvarez. Styling by Coni Tejada. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Urban Retreat") in the December 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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