Many Philippine architecture trends are a fascinating mix of local and international influences, adapting to the country’s climate. Our neighboring countries, for example, opt to have bungalows to suit the hot and dry weather.
Before modern architecture, the Philippines had a combination of American and Spanish colonial architecture, leading to diverse architectural accomplishments today.
In the early 2000s, air-conditioning went boom. As a result, Filipinos started having enclosed, relatively smaller houses.
Meanwhile, the internet has recently had a significant impact on architects and homeowners alike. It is now easier to get design ideas whenever and wherever you are.
Before deciding on a specific design for your house, you should compare different home styles. Whatever your choice is will dictate the general theme of both exterior and interior design.
Here are seven of the popular home styles that will surely captivate every Filipino’s heart:
The term “bungalow” comes from a Bengali term that translates to “house in the Bengal style.” A bungalow does not have a second floor. For some instances, it has a sloping roof that looks like a house with one and ½ stories. These designs are typical in many subdivisions in the Philippines.
This type of house is popular among retirees and those with disabilities because their low design and simple navigation. Additionally, most Filipinos are drawn to the payak (or simple) lifestyle exuded by bungalows and associate them with the traditional Bahay Kubo.
Many old houses in Makati and Metro Manila’s exclusive villages were built in this style (commonly referred to as sprawling bungalows due to their size. Smaller versions can also be found in mid-end subdivisions, which typically have spacious verandas and covered carports.
Mediterranean-style home designs are popular in uptown resorts and beach-side properties. It is heavily influenced by the region from which it was named. Meanwhile, this design is popular among architects and homeowners in the metropolitan area because of its refreshing and vacation-like vibes.
Mediterranean houses are characterized by wrought-iron balconies, tegula stone roofs, heavy wooden doors, and colorful tiles for accents.
The colors used are usually soft and warm colors that complement the natural materials and contribute to the lighthearted tones.
Townhouses are distinguished by their consistent and uniform exterior, which often suggests compact modern/contemporary dwellings.
This type of housing is less expensive and emphasizes sleekness and minimalism to accommodate better functionality. Most houses are comparable and often used as an alternative to renting flats or condos. Young adults or small families looking for affordable, compact residences find these house designs appealing.
In fact, apartments are the most sought-after house type in the Philippines, owing to their affordability and flexibility (indeed, a home builder can squeeze several units within a small land area). Moreover, this house design is especially popular as a rental property, as many young families choose to buy or rent townhouse units before relocating to larger homes.
One of the popular designs Filipinos adopted from American architecture is the mid-century modern design. This style blossomed beginning in the 1940s when two new materials were introduced in this construction type: steel and plywood.
Mid-century modern homes were influenced by high-style prairie architecture, which shows how people lived while blending buildings with their surroundings.
Mid-century modern design is characterized by spacious spaces, large glass windows, and seamless addition of plant life. It is distinguished by uncomplicated and symmetrical patterns (but it should not be mistaken with minimalism). The architecture, like Mediterranean-style residences, has grown in favor of exclusive subdivisions and gated communities, particularly in new subdivisions outside metropolitan areas.
This design concept, inspired by Japanese Zen philosophy, has some similarities to the mid-century modern houses. However, its distinguishing aspect is natural and pared-down design components, as highlighted by basic shapes and lines. In addition, this design emphasizes a neat appearance by using only basic colors: white, off-white, beige, gray, or wheat.
Minimalist houses have become popular among Filipinos because of recent real estate developments. It could also be because of the earthy tones that blend with the Pinoy’s traditional architecture.
Functionally, this design aims to maximize space utilization. In fact, most owners who prefer this house design wants to deal with clutters and the limitations of smaller-than-average locations, particularly in busy cities like Manila, Cebu, and Davao.