VOLUME EXPERIMENTATION AS CATALYST FOR ARCHITECTURAL IMMERSION
LOCATION BACOOR CITY, CAVITE, PHILIPPINES
Situated on a medium-density residential area wherein the prevalent vernacular architecture is of the typical concrete-walled, pitched-roof constructions – the house was envisioned to be a catalyst for the overall aesthetic improvement of the vicinity, at the same time accommodating the needs of the clients.
The house is a composition of volumes that respond specifically to need, orientation, circulation, and the urban fabric.
It consists of three main volumes that interlock to form the overall massing. The main volume, intended for gathering, was enveloped with glazing – to welcome as much diffused daylight into the space. Secondary volume is intended for resting and private use, was laid out horizontally to dictate its purpose visually and experientially, and the third volume was introduced to harmonize the massing, while at the same time providing the necessary programmatic features intended for various activities.
Once inside, one is transitioned into a space of openness and volumes. The philosophy of ‘prospect and refuge’ (to see without being seen) was achieved through carefully placed openings such as the glazed slits at the Master Bedroom and Bedroom 1 overlooking the Living area.
The massing was envisioned as a play of volumes in constant flux – surface cantilevers, recesses, delineation on movements. A sculpture in concrete, steel, and glass. The massive, black volume of the Master Bedroom jutting out to the street clearly states its purpose – to be a catalyst in improving the architectural archetype of the surrounding context.