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A first for the Philippines– architect Miñana gets on World Architecture shortlist

FOR this “open Filipino-Asian house,”Miñana was inspired by the sturdy Filipino mountainside tribal houses. Two amply pitched roofs with wide eaves on stilts in post and lintel fashion are connected by a horizontal slab-bridgeway. Another derivative, the bahay-na-bato, inspired ground floors of heavy adobe stone walls, creating contrastwith open, transparent second floors.Highlighting this openness, various layers of “skin” allow the house to
“breathe” and have various levels of engagement with its environment. Layers of glass, screen and sunbreakers (in aluminum powdercoat wood finish) protect the home from extreme weather yet allow the panoramic landscape into the interiors. (From Villa Marina description by the architect)

A home designed by architect Emmanuel “Manny” Miñana, which was featured in Inquirer Lifestyle last June 18, has been selected on the shortlist for the 2014 awards of the World Architecture Festival.

Posted: July 9th, 2014 in Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

José Maria Zaragoza: Master builder

MERALCO Building, still the most beautiful building in Ortigas Center.

José Maria Zaragoza (1912-1994) played a key role in the reconstruction of postwar Philippines, helping reshape the landscape of Manila ravaged by the Second World War through his striking structures that melded modernism and Philippine motifs and styles.

Posted: June 30th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Architect Manny Miñana builds a neo-‘bahay-na-bato’ in Sta. Elena

THE SECOND-FLOOR living room is surrounded by louver windows, screen panels, and tempered glass doors, which slide open to allow the panoramic view outside to wrap the vast room. PHOTOS BY PATRICK UY

Taking elements of vernacular architecture, like wide overhanging eaves, pitched roofs, raised pile foundations and local building materials such as wood and stone, the country’s best architects started a trend in the 1970s.

Posted: June 18th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘The Best of Cocoon’: ‘The age of mass production is over’


As Filipinos become more open to modernist forms of architecture, their preference for mass-produced furniture and accent pieces is beginning to wane.

Posted: June 11th, 2014 in Headlines,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

‘Starchitect’ who rebuilt New York’s World Trade Center designs a new Manila landmark


It takes only a statement project to spark interest in the gentrification of a degenerating city. Daniel Libeskind, dubbed by the New York Times as a “starchitect,” could have been describing the redevelopment of the World Trade Center, of which he was the master planner. But he was actually referring to his Philippine project, the mixed-use high-rise Century Spire.

Posted: June 4th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Home and Entertaining | Read More »