PXP Design Workshop Walks Us Through This Contemporary Minimalist Condo
February 18, 2019
Rolly and Anna were referred by one of the design studio’s previous clients who also happened to be the couple’s nephew. According to architect Patrick Espiritu of PXP, the nephew referred them because he believes that they share the same design style with the couple who decided to move into an approximately 180sqm condo from their landed house. The couple opted to live in a condominium as it is more convenient for them to go to their office that is on the lower floor of the same building they’re living in now. “This will be the first time that they will live in a condo. So a lot of thought was given and considerations taken so as to preserve the lifestyle that they are used to,” shares Patrick. “We made them narrate their everyday schedule and activities—what they do the moment they wake up, to the moment they go to sleep; so that all of the little things that they’re used to can be captured and be translated into physical form,” he furthers. Whenever outdoors, Rolly enjoys playing golf and riding his motorcycle, while Anna loves shopping in her free time. The couple likes to spend time at home relaxing, watching movies, reading books, and playing with their pet, Lulu the Lhasa Apso. They also like collecting small sculptures and artworks. In fact, a Ramon Orlina sculpture set on a stone pedestal with a bronze metal frame greets anyone entering the unit. The entryway is a bit deep, so the mirror on the right of the hallway that conceals the kitchen creates an illusion, making the space appear wider. Opposite the mirrored glass is a wall of woodgrain cabinets, blending in with the rest of the wall finish. Above the cabinets are vertical screens masking the air-conditioning unit. The hallway then opens to the dining area, adorned with a Shiela Molato artwork. Although the kitchen adjacent to the dining area is concealed, the glass cladding allows to maintain the visual connection between the two spaces. “We knocked down the walls in the kitchen and converted the solid wall into glass to continue the visual connection of the kitchen and the dining area, while preventing all the kitchen odor and smoke from getting out to the dining and living space. The glass wall also helped to bring in daylight into the kitchen, making it a vibrant place to hangout,” Patrick explains. Across the dining area is the cozy living area with an extended height that makes it even more expansive. “Originally, there were pipes running across the living room and the bedrooms. However, we saw the potential to redesign the piping line and reroute the pipes into the wall perimeter in order to gain another 300mm,” Patrick explains the added ceiling height. The mirrored glass is continued to the entertainment unit, concealing the television when not in use. On the other side is a full wall of big porcelain panels acting as a backdrop in the living room. Patrick says that the heavily veined marble is gorgeous enough to double as artwork, so he opted to keep the space devoid of any wall art. “The core philosophy of our studio is to design a clean, functional, and timeless space. We always strive to make all geometries as clean as possible, less kinks, no visible beams, and no visible air-conditioning units—taking out all visual clutters from the end users like a well designed Swiss watch, compact, precise and stylish,” Patrick points out. From the living spaces, another hallway leads to the personal spaces, except for the powder room to the left and the storage room behind the living area. The powder room sports a Gessi faucet and a custom wall lighting by PXP.