A Tropical Family Home in Paranaque

High ceilings, glass doors, and green gardens make this home a study in elegance of tropical architecture

Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Carlo Vergara and Issa Villar Architect: Joel Munoz

Homeowners Jake and Jenny collaborated once again with architect Joel Muñoz to create a stunning tropical home in South Admiral Village, Parañaque. Their current abode is a simple structured yet elegant home, in basic earth tones accented here and there with red and green. At 175sqm, the home is light and open – aided by high ceilings, plenty of windows to let the sunshine in, and a green garden.

To bring openness and light in their two-storey home, the living area and foyer were designed with a vertical double-height structure, where the ground floor flows freely to the second. This allows the place to naturally cool, as warm air rises to the ceiling. The double-height structure also gives the house a light feeling, shying away from a tight and cluttered space. Outside, a blooming a garden grows, giving more light and life to the place.

Original article by Chinggay Labrador. Styling by Carlo Vergara and Issa Villar. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article (“Third Time Lucky”) in the May 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Entrance The feeling of lightness and coolness begins from the main entrance, with cool, gray slate lines. A wooden bench, bromeliads on driftwood, and a dama juana jar complete the welcoming tableau.
Living Area You may choose a palette that’s pleasing to the eye, such as neutral earth tones and liven the area with a pop of color. An organic coffee table fashioned out of a solid piece of natural wood, and a plush ultra-suede sofa, gives a homey and cozy feel. The bench on the right which looks hand-carved to simulate weaving is from Ricky Baylosis.
Living Area Detail The living area’s vertical double-volume structure is a delicate touch that brings openness and lets air circulate naturally around the home.
Living Area Detail Save energy and let natural light flood your home by using long glass windows or doors. Here, the light shines in through large, sliding doors that look out into a beautiful garden.
Dining Area Designed so that you can’t tell whether you’re inside or outside, the sliding doors between the dining room and garden completely open, an interplay of elements that make it ideal for parties and get-togethers.
Dining Area Detail Choose breezy décor that lets light and air pass through. The corner of the dining room further reinforces the theme of airiness. Sculptures and forms that allow light and air to pass through are found.
Dining Area Detail Create light-themed tableaux. On another wall of the dining room, an Isamu Noguchi lamp offsets a Caasi abstract painting and adds a delicate touch to the dining room console table.
Staircase Define your spaces through color. This red wall by the stair landing accents the predominantly neutral living area. The glass banister and wooden open-riser stairs further define the Asian feel of the space.
Staircase Adding warmth to the house is the simple floor lamp which gives off a warm glow.
Bedroom The bedroom keeps the neutral palette, with dark wood providing a contrast against stark white sheets. Art pieces that adorn the wall keep the black and white theme of the room. Large windows in dark frames show fondness for natural light.
Work Area The work area highlights hanging shelves for books and other knickknacks. To save on space, tables and consoles are attached to the walls.
Master Bathroom The master bath is designed with a floating wooden countertop and matching wood-framed bathtub. The view from the window is a Japanese-inspired bamboo fence, bringing into mind peace and tranquility, with a resort-like feel.
View from the Outside The use of glass and large windows gives the house an airy and spacious feel.

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