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Globally inspired house design trends in the Philippines

by Jillian CariolaPublished: July 19, 2017Updated: July 20, 2017

The continuous evolution of Philippine architecture has led to the creation of houses influenced by design aesthetics across the globe.

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If you are in the market for a brand-new home, you have probably stumbled upon brochures and websites of communities touting their homes as “American,” “Spanish revival,” “French contemporary,” and many other impressive-sounding descriptions. Brittany Corporation, for instance, patterned houses in Crosswinds Tagaytay after chalets in Switzerland, while Megaworld Corporation looked to the capital of Italy’s Veneto region when conceptualizing the Venice Luxury Residences in their Taguig township McKinley Hill.

Developers know that many Filipinos dream not just of buying their very own home, but also of experiencing life outside the country; hence, the prevalence of local communities designed as such. A home inspired by dwellings outside the Philippines just has a luxurious way about it, something that many homebuyers find appealing. After all, why wouldn’t you want to live in a home seemingly plucked out of a quaint Tuscan village or traditional Balinese town minus the cost of actually getting there?

Whether you want to buy a ready-made abode or are planning to build one from the ground up, check out some of the most popular house designs in the country inspired by international architecture.

Mediterranean Architecture

Mediterranean or Mediterranean Revival is an architectural style that became prevalent in the United States around the end of the nineteenth century and reached peak popularity between the 1920s and 1930s. Immediately recognizable for elements such as tiled roofing, stucco walls, and arches (as pictured above), the style was adopted from Spanish haciendas and villas and prominently borrowed in states with deep Spanish histories, such as California and Florida. Just as the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea touches many countries, Mediterranean architecture also encompasses a broad range of styles, from Spanish to Italian to Turkish; hence, fusion designs like “Spanish Mediterranean” or “French Mediterranean.”

One of the most famous examples of Mediterranean architecture in the United States is Hearst Castle, home of American newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst. Built between 1919 and 1947 on a ranchland in San Simeon, California, Hearst Castle comprises 165 rooms and 127 acres of open space, and is now a museum and state park that is open to the public.

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Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. Photo via Depositphotos

In the Philippines, a few of the real estate developments that possess the Mediterranean aesthetic are Crown Asia’s Valenza in Sta. Rosa, Laguna; Robinsons HomesBrighton Baliuag in Bulacan; Filinvest Land’s Prominence II in Biñan, Laguna, Primary HomesSolare in Mactan, Cebu; and Pro-FriendsMontefaro Village in Imus, Cavite.

Filinvest has also adopted variations of the design in their other communities, such as the Spanish-Mediterranean Escala at Corona Del Mar in Talisay, Cebu; and the French-Mediterranean Le Jardin De Villa in Davao City.

Sears Catalog Homes

More commonly known in the Philippines as the American home, the Sears Catalog Homes were mail-order kit houses that boomed from 1908 to 1940, particularly in Northern California. Aspiring homebuyers would choose a home design from the Sears Catalog, and the company would then ship precut and fitted materials of the design for the proud new homeowners to assemble themselves.

Sears, while not a home design innovator, manufactured dwellings in such a way that it adapted popular designs with the added advantage of allowing aesthetic and hardware modification to suit buyers’ tastes. The company created over 370 designs, and was able to sell up to 75,000 units throughout its 32-year run. Wood siding and roof shingles were a couple of the identifying marks of true Sears Homes, although the more elaborate styles also showcased upgraded features like French doors and glass windows.

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"The Verona" (Model No. 2094) Sears Catalog Home appearing in the 1918 Sears Roebuck Catalog. Photo by Sears, Roebuck & Co. (Sears Roebuck Catalog (1918)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A few horizontal projects in the country that espouse this type of design are Crown Asia’s La Marea in San Pedro, Laguna, and Augustine Grove in Dasmariñas, Cavite; Filinvest Land’s Princeton Heights in Bacoor, Cavite; and Robinsons Homes’ The Blue Coast Residences in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

Italianate Architecture

Italianate architecture is essentially 16th-century Italian Renaissance architecture combined with picturesque aesthetics. Despite its name, the Italianate design was actually first developed in Britain around 1802 when John Nash designed Cronkhill, a country house in Shropshire that is said to be the earliest Italianate villa in England. This architectural style was further developed in the 1830s by architect Sir Charles Barry, who slightly deviated from Nash’s semi-rustic approach in creating his own refined version often referred to as “Barryesque.”

Falling under Classical architecture, the Italianate style is all about a house or building’s aesthetics, putting heavy emphasis on ornamentation over structure. Often, houses of this style is plain in form, but are distinguishable through decorative elements like cornices, arched windows, and brackets.

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Washington, D.C. row houses with Italianate architecture. Photo via Depositphotos

A typical Italianate house is two to three stories tall, rectangular in shape, and topped with a low-sloping roof with exaggerated overhanging eaves supported by brackets or corbels. Windows are usually tall, slim, and rounded on top. Because symmetry is a key factor in Italianate architecture, windows are spaced equally and often appear in sets of two or three. Also, doorways are often accentuated with its own overhang, which is supported by double columns.

Some examples of the Italianate aesthetic here at home are Crown Asia’s Ponticelli in Bacoor, Cavite, and Citta Italia in Dasmariñas, Cavite; Brittany Corporation’s Portofino in Las Piñas; Robinsons Homes’ Residenza Milano in Batangas City, Batangas; and MyCitiHomesIl Giardino Residences in General Trias, Cavite.

Asian Architecture

Although often referred to as Zen architecture, Asian architecture is not strictly a Japanese style, but instead takes inspiration from various parts of the continent such as Indonesia, China, and Thailand. The main design philosophy of this house style is the creation of harmony and balance; hence, the creation of wide open spaces, the use of earth tones, and the practice of simplicity. Homes are also often designed to include wood accents such as bamboo fencing and a type of water feature like a pond or waterfall to emphasize the concept of being one with nature.

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Garden of Japanese home with modern Asian architecture. Photo via Depositphotos

Filinvest champions this type of architecture in many of its developments, including Amarilyo Crest in Taytay, Rizal; Claremont in Mabalacat, Pampanga; Villa Mercedita in Davao City; and the Nusa Dua in Tanza, Cavite (Balinese). A style dubbed “Contemporary Asian” appears in Belle Corporation’s Sycamore Heights in Tagaytay Highlands in Talisay, Batangas; Primary Homes’ Astele in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu; Robinsons Homes’ Bloomfields General Santos in South Cotabato.



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