After months of quarantine, we all have an itch to go out of town and for most of us, the first place we think of is Tagaytay.
This magnificent home by famed architect Ed Ledesma must have been one of the first modernist mansions to be built along the Tagaytay ridge. Up to its creation in the early 2000, most homes were in the typical country mountain resort style. This project broke the mould with its sleek design and absence of ornamentation. The house is all clad in limestone and hardwood. The driveway is in Piedra Pinoy cobble stone which makes you feel you are on a country road. Though the house, basically, is a glass box, it is still warm because of the use of natural materials.
For the interior, the house has 1cm limestone strips for wall that gave a nod to the Arch Leandro Locsin’s signature grooves seen in many works throughout the 1970s. Though the idea has been seen before in dark marble and cement, the fact that it has been reinterpreted into limestone, changes the concept into something more contemporary.
The floor is in the Kaufman staple Sabia terrazzo. Though terrazzo is not a new idea, most associate the material with old fashioned 7mm pebble sized granolithic floor and steps such as the older ancestral houses of their grand parents from the 1950s to 1970s. In this modern case, the marble grains are 2mm, which is so fine, it is practically invisible to the naked eye. The novel version now come in a massive 120x305x2cm slabs, compared to the old fashioned variety which were produced in small tiles or had a metal grid between the granolithic material like a checker board.
Arch Ledesma knows by using clean and massive slabs, the space would feel lighter and cause the occupant to forget the floor existed and focus on the main reason a person builds in Tagaytay in the first place. The view.
The sign of a confident architect is when he allows his work to be silent. To allow the environment to be the primary focus. In this case, I believe Architect Ed Ledesma was successful to allow his work to be restrained to let the view take center stage.