Traditional Italian architecture meets modern Filipino spaces
Openness in contemporary homes is a reflection of a growing trend in modern architecture and interior design. The airy spaces and accessibility that have been popular in this era are also driven by an interest in natural light sources, which have been seen throughout history as a sign of prosperity and comfort.
At the center of this motif of fluidity on spatial configurations is Haraya Residences, a two-tower gated community that offers vibrant and flowing living spaces and amenities in the city of Pasig.
In conceptualizing the vertical residence, Francesca Muzio, founder and CEO at FM Architettura and head designer of Haraya Residences, took inspiration from the Italian design concept of loggia, a popular extension of one’s home in Italy during the 17th century, and she reimagined it as the threshold space which opens the interior of different rooms, like the living room and the kitchen, to the surroundings, a private escape that fuses indoor and outdoor.
“[It’s] a space that can take on many personalities—an intimate garden for example or an outdoor living room. The idea is to create a flexible layout, discovering new relationships and interactions between spaces that allow for a more contemporary lifestyle.” Muzio adds that Filipinos’ increased awareness on providing more areas for tactile experiences has given them the freedom to reimagine modern homes.
Muzio’s abstraction of the Italian veranda and open living spaces was introduced at the launch of Haraya Residences showroom. The joint venture of Shang Properties Inc. and Robinsons Land Corporation gave a premiere of the planned development in Bridgetowne Estate, allowing guests to preview each residential suite and amenities.
The event also showed how loggia seamlessly blends with open living in an urban setting like Manila with indoor and outdoor amenities spanning 2,270-sqm and 2,500-sqm respectively. Venue spaces and lounges include a movie house, library, events place, co-working space, gym, and playroom.