De­sign with Devi

Popi Lau­dico cre­ates a kitchen at­tuned to its sur­rounds.

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A kitchen de­signed by Popi Lau­dico

It boasts top-notch equip­ment, am­ple nat­u­ral light, good ven­ti­la­tion, and a spec­tac­u­lar view of Balatero Cove. Birds, but­ter­flies, drag­on­flies, bees, and other for­est crea­tures flut­ter about; a strange sym­phony of sounds made by bull­frogs, geckos, birds, and crick­ets pro­vides round-the-clock back­ground mu­sic. With a kitchen at­mos­phere like this, how can any­one not whip up fan­tas­tic dishes?

De­signed by ar­chi­tect Popi Lau­dico, the kitchen fol­lows the home­own­ers’ man­date to cre­ate a space where ev­ery­one can ex­pe­ri­ence Min­doro’s pris­tine, splen­did sur­round­ings. This needed to be bal­anced with mod­ern-day com­forts and ameni­ties, along­side the home­own­ers’ love for all things lo­cal and nat­u­ral.

Most of the ma­te­ri­als were sourced from around the area, such as the milky gray mar­ble, the stones, the wood used as cladding and floor­ing, as well as the co­gon for the roof. Lau­dico says that Min­doro’s co­gon grass is of ex­cep­tional qual­ity: The lo­cal grass cou­pled with the steep, care­fully an­gled de­sign pro­vides roof­ing that has lasted for 17 years, hardly dam­aged by Min­doro’s sea­sonal ty­phoons.

The stain­less-steel tops for the cook­ing and ser­vice ar­eas, as well as for some of the fix­tures, are con­ces­sions to ad­dress the harsh, briny air which eas­ily cor­rodes other met­als. Though vis­ually prom­i­nent, nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als bal­ance the cold­ness and rigid­ity of the metal sur­faces.

Lau­dico keeps the big ap­pli­ances out of sight to pre­serve the cozy, rus­tic at­mos­phere. The re­frig­er­a­tor and freezer are in an ad­ja­cent room that also serves as a pantry. From the main kitchen, a door leads to a charm­ing out­door bang­ger­a­han retro­fit­ted with a stain­less steel sink. This ges­ture en­cap­su­lates the del­i­cate bal­ance that the ar­chi­tect and the home­own­ers strove for through­out the home.

This page: The ar­chi­tect added a bang­ger­a­han (tra­di­tional Filipino sink) ad­ja­cent to the kitchen. Op­po­site page, from top: For the ser­vice area, stain­less steel was cho­sen for its re­sis­tance to the cor­ro­sive sea­side air. Serve­ware, in­clud­ing plates and bowls by lo­cal ce­ram­i­cist John Pet­tyjohn, is stored in an an­tique wooden cab­i­net.

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