A Boutique-inspired Condo With An Unobstructed View Of The Taal Lake
It is always nice to celebrate and share life’s blessings–in this case, a young family’s industrial-style boutique condo in Tagaytay City. The family’s modest 35sqm unit is nestled in one of the condominium developments in the popular summer city that boasts a great view of the Taal Lake. The enthralling vista is also one of the reasons why they decided to purchase the unit. Although based in Oman as required by their jobs, the couple, John Paul Sy and Alia Cabanez-Sy, decided to build their first home in a condo unit that is easy to maintain and rent out. To dress up their home and increase its marketability, Alia sought help from her colleague, architect Alistair Sadie of Atelier SAVI Design and Construction Co.
“The couple asked for a liveable area in which they won’t have to worry about storage spaces, specifically for clothes and accessories, since they have a daughter,” explains Alistair when asked about what the couple wanted to have in their space. “Also, they wanted the view to be accentuated even more as it was the main reason why they bought the unit in the first place,” the architect adds.
Although the unit has not been occupied by the owners, its doors will soon be made available for short-term rentals. In order to appeal to a lot of potential renters, Alistair took inspiration from industrial-style boutique shops to design the interiors.
Accessories in the unit are showcased on a stainless steel pipe shelf, a look reminiscent of a small specialty shop. The idea, according to the architect, is to feature the clothes and accessories that are typically stored inside the closet or any closed storage space. “We wanted the accessories and the clothes to be the focal point of the room. So, instead of the clothes and accessories being stored away, they have become part of the design, and that makes this project different from the other designs we have done,” shares Alistair.
Across the feature wall are the dining and living spaces. The warm wood accents continue in to the dining area, while the living area features a combination of gray and black: the couch upholstered in chromium facing the bed is partnered with a reflective black center table. On the wall next to it is a narrow shelf acting as a side table, and a mirror grid hanging above that resembles a window. The architect says that the faux window helps make the room appear more spacious.
Alistair also shares that there used to be a wall dividing the living spaces and the sleeping area, but they decided to tear it down to allow the natural light to come in and to reveal the view of the Taal Lake. “I had to take down the drywall and strategically allocate furniture and accessories so that there would be no obstruction both in view and foot traffic,” the architect explains.
In the sleeping area, another storage solution is installed sporting the same reflective finish as the rest of the black pieces in the unit. The storage unit also houses the television.
The bed, on the other hand, is another custom-made piece that Alistair’s team designed to be high enough to allow the user to see the Taal Lake even when lying down. “Similar to a boutique, you showcase those that you want people to see and appreciate,” concludes Alistair.