This Expat’s Penthouse Unit is A Bali-Inspired Getaway
The beauty of the Philippines has captured the eyes and hearts of many foreigners from around the globe. Many expatriates are assigned to work for a brief time in the Philippines, while some visit for a taste of our culture and catch a glimpse of our scenic beaches. But there are others, those who have fallen in love with our part of the world, have migrated in for good. One of them is German businessman Helmut Sima who moved to the Philippines 11 years ago. He resides in this Asian-inspired condo in Makati.
“I decided to live in the Philippines because of the people here. I am very happy to live here and I will continue living here. I see Philippines as my home. If I didn’t love Philippines I wouldn’t have bought this unit,” says the condo dweller.
Upon entry, one thing noticeable of the unit is its openness. Securing a corner unit, two sides of the space is two-floors of glass with a stunning 180 degree view of Manila. Helmut sees planes landing and taking off on one side while he sees the Manila pier on the other. “Placing curtains is useless, why would I? Whatever I put in the windows will cover the view,” he adds.
Helmut did have some ideas on how he wanted the space but actualizing them on his own would be, according to him, “lunatic”. Luckily, Isabel Antonio and her team previously designed one of Helmut’s condo units in Pico De Loro, so he called her again to design this loft. Isabel is the contractor and manufacturer of AQM Interior Design Services.
To avoid the high ceiling from looking empty, a large lighting fixtures sourced from Thailand were hung. A main piece in the condo is large orange sectional sofa. By the dining area is a large cylindrical drum instrument from Mindanao, Helmut describes this as his tribute to the Philippines
The second floor hallway serves as Helmut’s mini gallery. At the end is a working pinball machine, one of the client’s many interesting collectibles
The whole loft is driven by teak wood furniture that came from Indonesia. All the doors in the unit are made from narba wood from Malaysia, which Isabel painted over for a Kamagong look.
The Helmut’s bed is made from aged teak wood that is about 50,000 years old. All of the furniture’s sizes and proportions are exactly created to the owner’s specifications.
This story first appeared on CondoLiving Magazine. Edits have been made for CondoLiving.OneMega.com.