In every design we do , there is always a direct relationship with what the outside and the inside will convey. Each massing that we place has been scrutinized to justify the essence of the concept. For the Kings road south house , the site played an important role in the justification of the concept. Since the site had a high difference of elevation, the clear zones were the private spaces in the front , the circulation spaces in the middle and the social spaces at the back.
Upon entering the main door, you are faced with a huge retaining wall , the space you are in is a void all the way towards the topmost ceiling. With a convergence of massing and volumes , this is probably the most dramatic space we have ever designed so far. The void , which houses the stairs, separates the private spaces and the social spaces. each volume – the gridded concrete wall, the spiraling stairs, the narra cladded massing , the faceted filing and the pierced skylight – complements and contrasts one another.
The stairs is a cantilevered spiral supported by the concrete railing , the first landing leads to the bedrooms then the stairs will end at the living and dining spaces.
Looking above the void you will see the interplay of light and shapes. The facets as seen on the ceiling is the same facet you will see on the roof. with one of the facets moved further down to accommodate the cove lighting.
Upon reaching the living and dining area, theres a sense of direction you feel from the ceiling , which the topmost point is right above the void and will slowly go back down towards the masters bedroom. Where you will see a set of steps leading towards that room. The living and the dining space is only 36 sqm with an exact square dimension of 6 meters.
The side glass doors have monsoon windows above them.
the narra clad volume , which houses the the masters walk in closet , appears to be a central figure as well framed by the faceted ceiling.
the masters bedroom which lies on the topmost floor – carries the same ceiling from the living area. the bed rests on the narra cladded volume that houses the walk in closet and the bathroom. while the 2 bedrooms underneath the masters can be connected to one another.
program: 3 bedroom house
location: dona rita village cebu
floor area: 250 sqm
principal architect: buck richnold sia
associate architect: michael litang
photo credits: genesis rana