"An Affair With Wood and Stone"
The 21st century sees a total embracement of everything green.
There are many ways to convey the iimage of being green. To some, it is what they eat. To others, it is how they live. In living, showing a green picture means sustainability.
Sustainability is being able to sustain most if not all of what is used for a lifetime or even for generations to come. It is the absence of waste. Hence, the design of our mountain retreat emphasizes the use of recycled hard wood and stone. Recycled hard wood is salvaged from old ancestral homes that litter old Manila. These are Narra, Balayong, Kamagong, Molave, and etc. They have been there for the past century and we intend to make use of the same for the next.
The stones are quarried from the countryside and they are material that obviously lasta\s. We make use of them for our flooring that not only is it sustainable but exudes the warmth and hominess of the mountains.
The design combines wood and stone. The ceiling shows a trellis effect that continues toward the window to the floor that gives a simulation of a flow. Typical Ifugao fabric, furniture, and figurines are scattered as a reminder of mountain living. The “Cacha” fabric is used as its texture and plain color could amplify the texture, color, and scent of the wood and stone.