One may eas­ily say that the Cobon­pue house has a some­what nat­u­ral, el­e­men­tal feel to it

Philippine Tatler - - LIFE HOMES -

Part of the Cobon­pue fam­ily com­pound, the house sits on a 1,703.60-square me­tre lot on a hill­side, hence the slop­ing na­ture of the de­sign which fol­lows the nat­u­ral con­tours of the land. Split into three lev­els with a to­tal floor area pegged at 866 square me­tres, the house has four be­d­rooms. Its pri­mary liv­ing ar­eas are on the sec­ond and third floors, while the low­est level is used as a ser­vice and stor­age area.

The unique thing about the lot is that there were a num­ber of old molave ( Vi­tex parv­i­flora or small-flower chaste­tree) trees grow­ing on it. As the molave has been deemed an en­dan­gered species by the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR), Pineda’s ar­chi­tec­tural team opted against re­mov­ing them and, in­stead, built the house around them. The house is fur­ther sur­rounded by stands of na­tive bam­boo which serve as a pri­vacy screen in lieu of cur­tains for the up­per lev­els of the house.

One may eas­ily say that the Cobon­pue house has a some­what nat­u­ral, el­e­men­tal feel to it. Air cir­cu­lates freely through­out the house, given the open lay­out on all lev­els; like­wise, the high­ceilinged lanai on the sec­ond level is cooled nat­u­rally by the breeze, save for the hottest sum­mer days. Wa­ter is also a key el­e­ment in the de­sign, with a re­flect­ing pool at the front of the house and a swim­ming pool in the back where the Cobon­pues and their guests can re­lax and have fun. The trees sur­round­ing the prop­erty serve as a nat­u­ral pri­vacy screen, wind­break, and per­go­las in some of the so­cial ar­eas.

“We also had green liv­ing in mind for the de­sign of the house,” Layug adds. “The glass walls min­imise the need for elec­tric lights through­out the day, as am­bi­ent light pro­vides enough il­lu­mi­na­tion through­out the space. The way the air cir­cu­lates also cuts down on the need for air-con­di­tion­ing, mak­ing it quite en­ergy ef­fi­cient.”

Some visi­tors to the house have been moved to com­pare its split-level form to the famed rice ter­races of Banaue, but this is just one of

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