Tour Inside This Three-Storey Bamboo House in Parañaque
Sacha Cotture’s Bamboo House is where the European international Style that he imbibed from his original home in Switzerland is softened into a tropical adaptation. Sacha is an architect running his own firm, Atelier Sacha Cotture, a Swiss practice active in the field of architecture, master planning and interior design based in Switzerland with a satellite office in the Philippines. The Bamboo House, which is built for Sacha’s wife and two daughters, rises proudly above its suburban neighborhood as a nine-meter three-storey cubist structure.
The house’s main entertaining areas are on the ground floor; a family room and three bedrooms on the second floor; and the suite-like master bedroom on the top floor. The garage forms a concrete box in front of the house, dressed and cladded with bamboo poles for a sense of privacy.
The bamboo poles convey a rhythmic pattern in the house’s exterior. Stone and undressed concrete surfaces contrast with the bamboo for a suitable modernist counterfoil.The top floor of the house doubles as a sky garden and is equipped with solar panels that help generate electricity in the Bamboo house.
The courtyard of the Bamboo House is in between the garage and the main house, it is where the owners like to entertain guests. The courtyard also doubles as a play area for their kids. This court area was common in old FIlipino houses for the upper tier members of society.
A floating hardwood pathway between the entrance and the actual house defines thresholds and provides welcome visitas to various parts of the property. Greens soften the concrete paving and offer comfort and natural warmth. The al-fresco themed dining room unifys the outdoors and indoors with its contrasts of greens, wood, and stone.
The consistent use of modern furniture pieces and minimalist marble and white washed finishes make the living room elegant. Tropical accents such as the capiz and the artwork from local artists give a local touch.
The floating hardwood staircase is contrasted by the bamboo poles to preserve the overall design harmony. An Ifugao chair adds a Filipino and traditional touch to the space. The master bedroom as seen from the balcony doors. The coconut back tiles and red wood floor beams ensures a warm palette from the contrast of the grays.
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This story first appeared on MyHome Inspiring Interiors Vol. 1, edits have been made for MyHomeDesign.ph.