A TALE OF TWO UNITS.
THIS corner suite done up in soothing hues is sure to have you dreaming of your next staycation
This condo home has all the makings of a deluxe hotel suite with its sleek, designer furniture and earthy color palette of khaki, mocha, and camel tones.
you’ll probably be surprised to see that this condo unit is actually bigger than it looks. You take in the generous helping of space rarely seen in condo units, along with the abundance of natural light, and before you realize it, you feel right at home.
With a combined square area of a studio and a onebedroom unit, this condo has all the makings of a deluxe hotel suite—which is exactly what the owners had in mind. “The owners were undecided about whether to rent the space out or to just use it for themselves,” says architect Angelo Siochi. “They gave us the freedom to play around with the design, so long as the overall feel would be like that of a hotel.”
The unit comes with unobstructed panoramic views of the quieter side of Taguig City that stretches out to Laguna de Bay. You can stand on either one of the unit’s two balconies and enjoy the distinct feeling of being far from the madding crowd. Designed to reflect the aesthetic of the Italian city of Venice itself, all four residential towers have the same warm and modern-but-subtly-rustic exteriors. This was the starting point of Angelo’s design story. He says, “I wanted the interiors to complement the architecture of the building.” The idea is that you get a cohesive experience from the moment you walk into the lobby until you get to the unit—not unlike an actual hotel.
Right off the foyer are the dining, living, and game areas coexisting in an open-plan layout that is anchored by a warm, neutral color palette. It’s large enough for entertaining guests without feeling cramped, but it’s also just the right size for spending a cozy night in on your own. The space, in other words, is versatile in function and timeless in aesthetic.
In the dining area, a table that seats six and is accented by three identical drop lights reminiscent of traditional Filipino palayok clay pots—only turned upside down and made of glass. “I still like my designs to feel Filipino, even if it’s in the details,” the architect relates.
Adjacent to the dining area is the focal point of the entire room: the living area. A modern, boxy couch still manages to elicit a cozy feel with its light, oatmeal-colored upholstery and deep seating. “All the furniture pieces in this room are actually custom-made,” Angelo explains. A modern, built-in entertainment and storage system is given a touch of classic elegance through the use of subtly
patterned wallpaper. “I like using texture, but the subdued kind,” he says. “The kind that you only really notice when you look up close.”
There are no bare walls in the entire common area. They’re covered in a slightly metallic off-white shade of wallpaper in either Baroque leaf-prints or confetti-like patterns that add a sprinkling of understated elegance to the whole look of the space.
“Plain walls are usually boring, so we add either textured wall finishes or wallpaper. These are simple solutions that anyone can do.” To the left of the living room is the game area, with a poker table and ample storage for board games and such. “This game area was another request of the owners,” Angelo adds.
The children’s bedroom is the only room where Angelo indulged in color. Pops of teal accentuate the room, giving it a playful feel that still blends well with the overall timelessness of the unit. On the other hand, the master bedroom was given the full suite treatment, making you want to jump into bed with a good book or a classic movie. Even the ceiling is treated with wallpaper that you don’t notice off the bat, but can’t help but stare up at once you do.
Altogether, the unit fits right into the experience that the development aims to create—the experience of being out of Manila without actually leaving Manila.
“for me, timelessness means you don’t just follow trends. the goal in any design is to make it timeless—something you won’t have to renovate but just maintain,” angelo relates. “in this space, for example, you can change up little details like accessories, but still have the same feel for the next three to five years.”
“This is the only room with color,” the architect laughs. “But we used the same wallpaper that you see By the entertainment system in the living area as well as in the master Bedroom. That way, the room still Feels like part oF the whole house.” The aqua-colored plastic side taBles/seats are availaBle at Dimensione.