This Punta Fuego house marries crisp modern geometries and rugged natural textures
The Punta Fuego house is a white, modernist four-level house on the edge of a rocky cliff, where the marriage of light, space and sea comes full circle
April 14, 2020
Written by Cheryl Tiu
Photographed by Ed Simon
A white, modernist four-level house sits on the edge of a rocky cliff, naturally drawing attention to itself. The Punta Fuego house marries light, space and sea in an 800-square meter space that is a feast for the senses. The irregularly shaped roof and configuration of the front façade—reminiscent of the lines of a boat’s sails—is a nod to the homeowner’s love for seafaring. The expanse of white walls is punctuated by stairs adjusting to the elevation of the terrain; and the smooth, unadorned façade provides a stark contrast to the rough rock formation that it is perched on.
The Punta Fuego house’s white walls, however, do not at all keep the breathtaking scenery out. “Every corner of the house and all four bedrooms have a view, whether of the beach front or of the sea,” says the owner, adding, “The façade is 80 percent windows.” Main doors slide open to a stretch of white that is the living room. Aluminum sliding panels and windows run the vertical length, offering a panoramic view of the infinity pool. “The boat shape traps the air and allows it to circulate inside the house,” says the owner, explaining the passive cooling technique that cleverly takes advantage of the site’s cool, salty sea breeze. Natural light streams in, and the warm midday sun is generously admitted inside.
The selection of an all-white color scheme and limestone flooring reduces the indoor temperature and maintains design consistency with the exteriors.
Minimalist furniture and interiors comply with the modernist feel of the house. A modern geometric hammock breathes comfort, with its sleek lines and smooth finish. The sculptural off-white sofas are a focal point in the sitting area, on the left side of the room. Individual white and orange canvas sofas add contrast and texture. A brown and white spotted cow skin rug spreads on the floor, with a red cylinder table as a centerpiece.
Under the flight of stairs leading up to the bedrooms, free flowing water circulates around the periphery of the house, soothing the senses; and greenery peeks through another glass window. The center of the living and dining space is a dining table and two sets of leather benches, custom-made from German oak. The head of the table is set with two Charles Eames white leather chairs known for their ease and comfort in every sitting position. A large white lamp hangs above the table. A meal, at any time of the day, has a good serving of the sea. When the weather cooperates and clear blue swathes the expanse of sky, paradise seems but a glass door away. A few feet away, one spots the infinity pool, constructed out of black glass mosaic tiles, mirroring deep ocean hues. The pool creates a sense of falling over the edge into the water below.
The house was thoughtfully designed with an open floor plan. “I don’t like walls because they are confining,” the owner says. This philosophy resounds in every corner of the house, with hardly any doors separating living spaces—even the master’s bedroom-cum-bathroom! A bed stands at the center across a lounge chair for leisure reading. At one corner is the tiled bathing area, with sunlight streaming through vertical windows offering unobstructed ocean views.
“I wanted a view while taking a bath or shower,” the homeowner explains.
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Outside the house, the flight of stairs, reminiscent of the Greek island of Santorini, leads to the ‘buried’ first and second levels of the residence, which contain the maid’s quarters and the private massage room and sauna—the only cocoon-like spaces in the home, and additional sanctuaries to the owner after hours of frolicking on the water. From this point of the house, the dramatic winding stone staircase transitions to the unobstructed view of the West Philippine Sea. It is here that the marriage of light, space and sea comes full circle.