When the owner, an iconic broadcast journalist in the Philippines, first saw the space, she fell in love with the enormous deck, which afforded breath-taking panoramic views of the skyline of Metro Manila. The ceiling heights of the unit were also higher than usual; as the penthouse of the high-rise structure, there were no other rooms above the space. These two traits of the space were what we chose to highlight in the design of the interiors.
The concept is to allow views to sculpt the various surfaces within the space. To achieve this, ‘viewpoints’ around different points in the unit were identified, from which imaginary sightlines were projected. The result is an undulating ceiling that dips and contracts in areas without worthy views, which alternatively rises and opens up towards the breath-taking views of the city. The ceiling is designed to mimic a trellis, an architectural element typically found outdoors. As part of the owner’s future plans, the interior trellis-like ceiling design would continue to undulate to the outdoor deck to provide shade and shelter. By doing this, the outdoors and indoors are visually stitched together.
Project Team : Principal Architect – Jason Buensalido; Associate Architect / Lead Project Architect – Ems Eliseo, Project Architect – Ys Guy, Louie Lu