A TALE OF TWO UNITS.

THIS cor­ner suite done up in sooth­ing hues is sure to have you dream­ing of your next stay­ca­tion

Real Living (Philippines) - - Real Living - pho­tog­ra­phy TOTO LABRADOR styling DAGNY MADAMBA & KAMILA GAR­CIA words An­drea J. Por­tu­gal

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.

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