RBA House

What defines a private space?

Manila, Philippines
Construction Documentation

The design for the RBA House was conceived as a domestic space that breaks down exterior and interior boundaries. 

The RBA House reverses the typical residential scheme common in the neighborhood. Where traditional houses feature a garden perimeter, this design treats the garden as the paramount feature, with a band of living space around its perimeter.

Combining a mixture of raw and man-made materials, such as wood, steel, and glass, the house’s design explores how we occupy natural versus built environments. Vaults create a sense of volume throughout the space. By opening up the centrally-located communal living space into the outdoor courtyard, the house’s inhabitants are able to seamlessly connect with the natural environment in which the House is situated.

  • ARCHITECT OF RECORD: Archion Architects
  • PROJECT TEAM: Carlos Arnaiz, Melissa Bauld, Laura del Pino
  • CLIENT: Private
  • CONSULTANTS: Schlaich Bergermann + Partners, Jun Cammayo