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HOUSE OF MANY MOONS

  • LOCATION: Santa Rosa City, Philippines
  • STATUS: Construction Documentation
  • ARCHITECT OF RECORD: NSI Architecture Planner Consultancy
  • PROJECT TEAM: Carlos Arnaiz, Jessy Yang, Demitra Konstantinidis, Minkyung Song, Nutchanun Boontassaro
  • CONSULTANTS: Guy Nordenson, Transsolar, ECCruz Corporation, Punsalan and Associates, Landstyle, WE Design

A secluded retreat home outside of metro Manila, the House is a meditation on two modes of seeing: telescopic, up to the heavens, and terrascopic, out to the earth. Visitors are presented with two tall and heavy structures, clad in natural stone, registering an image of a new techno-tribalism.

The social spaces are organized around a low-slung pentagon with a courtyard in the middle. The bedrooms pivot around a drum-shaped family room, located beneath the courtyard, that serves as a cooling chamber. Each bedroom has enclosed patios with moon-shaped oculi, which offer a distinct view to the sky, while also serving as venting chimneys.

The House sets up a counterpoint to its surrounding lush, tropical landscape through a constellation of carefully manicured gardens. This juxtaposition encapsulates the dualities inherent in the home: to be both present and detached from the shifting geographies of our planet.