This early work by the very popular and talented architects Nazareno + Guererro is one of my favorites. This house built about 10 years ago has an international flair that makes the viewer feel like they are abroad. While most other houses of a similar ilk is clad in Chinese artificial travertine tiles, this will not do for this design team.
When ever I have the chance to discuss any of their projects with them, I always get the feeling that they are interested in legacy. They are not just trying to bag projects, or sell their services. They look at their work as a duty of national importance. They want their work to uplift the community, and genuinely make a contribution to the almanac of Philippine architecture.
Nazareno + Guerrero uses unfilled Ami Travertine, a Kaufman Inc 20 year company exclusive, perfect for any creator with their eye on the future. This natural stone, with its warm tones and tactile perforations, connects the building with history. One is reminded of those early 20th century modernist masterpieces, like the eternal Barcelona Pavilion by design god Meis Van Der Rohe.
Though this project was built almost 90 years later, there is a spiritual connection that binds these two works. The noble Travertine has a way of making the project feel like it is enmeshed into the tapestry of architectural history. It is no longer just a house. It has become a landmark.