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An Extraordinary Bahay Kubo in a Modern Setting

Elements of tropical design merges with contemporary architecture in this classic home

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Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon Architect: Jorge Yulo

“Don’t build me an ordinary house, because if you do, I’ll fire you!” Barbara “Tweetums” Gonzalez said in jest to architect Jorge Yulo. It seemed to work its magic, as this modern bahay kubo is far from the ordinary.

Eccentric angles, wide open spaces, floor to ceiling windows—the tiny glass panels even slide open, like ventanillas—and a roof made of thatch and cogon characterize this cozy home owned by the Philippine Star columnist. It’s a home that is unbelievably alive, like it breathes and changes—from plants growing wildly from the roof, foliage by the pond, and the carp that swims around the koi pond. Instead of the usual wood or tile, araal stone flooring runs through the entire place. The dining and living areas are linked together, while the kitchen and dining areas are separated from the main house. Personal touches reflect the homeowner’s personality, from family photos, a patchwork terno full of history lit up by lighting designer Shoko Matsumoto, to artworks by Onib Olmedo and Aguilar Alcuaz.

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Truly pleased with her home, Tweetums has this to say, “When you look at it from the outside, it seems very foreboding and intimidating, but the minute you enter the door, you realize how friendly and relaxed it is. Once you come inside, you see how beautiful it is.”

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Original article by Chinggay Labrador. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("A Life Less Ordinary") in the September 2005 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/real-living/id553158056?mt=8) now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details. 

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