Minimalism and Eco-Sustainability in a Subic Home

Lush greenery provide a perfect backdrop for this spacious multi-level house

Original Article: Michaela Lola Abrera Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Issa Villar

A unique synergy is achieved when two equally powerful design concepts are merged into one project. This is the case with Sherry Apostol and Kevin Wickham’s home located at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

US-based Sherry and Kevin share a passion for art, green architecture, and travel – influences that have helped them create minimalist and sustainable home in the Philippines. Kevin’s dedication to creating living spaces that work with the environment was a major factor in the construction of the house which the couple initially described as uninhabitable. Originally a duplex structure, the building’s cement shell was recycled into one expansive space.

The interiors of this reconstructed and recycled structure can be best described as spartan and minimalist. Yet, the mood the permeates the home is one of warmth because of the environment friendly and eco-conscious efforts that were put into the renovation, as well as the lush greenery that supports and complements the otherwise austere foundation. This is Zen-inspired home that puts a premium into how the environment it is in affects, influences, and changes everything in and around it.

 Read the original article ("Project Greenhouse") in the September 2011 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Numbered Gate Aside from this house’s subtly powerful stance, it further stands out with its bold and graphic lettering against its cement wall. It is reminiscent of Subic’s military and naval history, which is nicely contrasted by the Zen-inspired garden and foliage. This distinct marker makes the home easy to spot while at the same time adding a touch of style.
Facade Sherry Apostol and Kevin Wickham’s Subic home is a strikingly beautiful geometric structure with sharp minimalist aesthetics that meld beautifully with the natural environment. Ensconced within this cement structure are eco-friendly building practices and considerations that the homeowners are passionate about.
Playground Brightly colored playground pieces add warmth and zest to this minimalist house. The expansive yard with a smattering of trees and shrubbery is ideal for a family with young children.
Walkway with row of greenery on the side Despite this abode’s strong minimalist influences, the homeowners’ own love for nature softens the otherwise cold exterior. The addition of plant boxes along the walkway to the house makes the house more welcoming and lived in.
Dining Area A minimalist-style home can appear cold and unwelcoming, but the wooden horse adds a touch of coziness and softens an otherwise austere environment.
Kitchen White and bare cement are evident in the kitchen giving the space a raw touch.
Living Area White and gray cement are the main motifs of this house, but pops of bright red and rusty browns give an interesting visual to the room.
Zen-Inspirations Most of the house stays true to its Zen-inspiration. This room opens ups to a pocket rock garden that is ideal for meditation or relaxation.
Outdoor The minimalist feel is translated outdoors via a huge slab of concrete as table and carefully designed chairs that go with it.
View from the Outside Looking at the house from the outside, one can feel the semi-industrial vibe of the house --- with the use of gray tones and cement.
A Secret Haven From another angle, the house looks like a zen haven with its elevated walkway and simple exteriors.

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