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Town & Country (Philippines) - - GREAT ESTATES -

MB: We told os­car and Julio we would build right away, but i was in a show in new York and didn’t have time to make any plans. For­tu­nately, os­car had sug­gested i meet the ar­chi­tect who de­signed his house at Pun­ta­cana, ernesto Buch. ernesto hap­pened to be pass­ing through the city at one point, and he came to see me per­form. Af­ter­ward, Lisa and i sat down with him. LR: ernesto is a very creative and in­ter­est­ing man. He was born in Cuba and stud­ied at Har­vard. He’s clas­si­cally trained, and he im­me­di­ately said, “i want to do some­thing the­atri­cal: squares, arches, colon­nades, and a touch of Span­ish.” MB: He knew the piece of land we had pur­chased. it sticks out into the ocean a bit more than oth­ers at Co­rales, which has worked to our ad­van­tage, be­cause it gives us a sense of com­plete pri­vacy. The land slopes to­ward the wa­ter, and ernesto said, “Let’s bring in some more earth on top, make it flat, and build the house into the slope on two lev­els.” And that’s what we did. The up­per sec­tion fac­ing the drive­way is squar­ish, with a court­yard sur­round­ing a lit­tle foun­tain. it’s like a de­con­structed Ro­man villa or a clois­ter. LR: ev­ery time i walk on the cov­ered walk­way now, i have a flash­back of the chil­dren rid­ing their Ra­zors there when it rained. MB: The side fac­ing the ocean is two sto­ries and has what i like to call a Romeo and Juliet bal­cony. The house looks rather grand

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