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Making architecture invisible

THE glass facade of these two projects offers a perception without creating any strong confines between the inside and the outside. Its architect has fashioned a hypothetical declaration that melts the glass material form of these edifices onto a natural world.

Instead of regarding these two modern structures as unswervingly contrasting to nature, architect Ned Carlos professed these as natural environments, while these works of his architecture transmute like mirrors of nature. To reach this, the architect had to attain a steadiness and communal understanding of the surroundings.

When a Swiss national and his wife offered the architect to design a Sun-room on their roof deck, they desired to sense the sun with a Pacific view and stargaze the Negrense night sky but also shield them from the unvarying robust Sibulan gusts. The architect knew then that glass with very slender pillars that seem to vanish were the seamless materials for the magnificent sight. The architect only had to design some sort of an invisible “tree house” for his elderly clients atop their home and bring back those surreal youthful memoirs of his.

When another couple sought to build their second home, they wanted to design their house with a 360-degree view of their savannah from every corner. The architect settled their design wish plainly with corner cyclopean windows all around their new residence.

“I desired to achieve an alternative space where things are contrary to a static, man-made world,” said the architect whose adopted city is Dumaguete, “and this house exemplifies that even through corners one can enter an opposing world different from civilization.”

Two modern residences that seem to dissolve with organic backgrounds, the architect solitarily wanted to achieve a substitute universe where everything reverts back to nature.


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