After selling their previous house in 2006, the owners of this home decided to build their own place. The lot they purchased in Marikina had a slope, and the owners initially that they would just cut into the land and build flat. But after seeing that the view improved as they moved higher up the slope, they decided to forgo the initial plan.

Working with architect Leo Parinas, the owners began the process of design and construction. The end result is a is a stunning, three-storey homage to the modern Asian aesthetic. Its clean lines, large glass windows, and sweeping white walls complement its high ceilings, airy rooms, and manicured pocket gardens. The home is grand in scale, but never daunting or intimidating--picture-perfect was not a look the owners aimed for. By pairing the luxurious architecture with simple furniture that is relaxed rather than regal and rigid, the couple was able to create a home that was stylish, yet welcoming.

For more homes that feature a modern Asian style, check out these galleries:

(First published in Real Living Magazine, Real Home section as "Living Large" in September 2008; styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon; photos by Miguel Nacianceno; adapted for use in Female Network)
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