One of the pleasures of watching Korean dramas is looking at the sets where the stories take place. And with the amount of K soaps Filipinos consume, it’s not entirely surprising that the look of South Korean architecture has seeped into our consciousness, making us appreciate its unique qualities.
No wonder Korean-made homes are getting traction in the local real estate scene. One dreamy example is this two-story contemporary residence located in Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa—now on the market for 157 million pesos. It’s authentically Korean, says real estate group Presello’s Julia Richards, as if she’s describing some very convincing, locally prepared galbi-jim. What the lady means is that it’s built by a Korean firm with materials and fixtures that are also Korean made.
Part of the property’s appeal is how it combines natural elements with modern details. For starters, its use of solid oak wood in the different areas of the house—the main door, the hand rail by the stairs, the wall wood panels (ma-ru), and the undercounter shelf—providing a warm touch to the house’s overall contemporary design.
The entryway is given considerable importance in Korean culture, says the guys at Presello, as it’s believed that a well-designed one invites good fortune. The house’s architects likely had this in mind while envisioning the property’s bright and welcoming entryway. It even has built-in cabinetry to keep the area clean and clutter-free. A soft-close sliding door (jung-moon) partition separates the foyer from the rest of the house, and it also lends added security and privacy.
Providing a perfect balance of coolness and warmth to the space’s white and neutral colors are cove lights (ju-baek-saek). The builder used the “cool light” shade, now one of the newest trends in Korea. It’s not too bright and radiates a more elegant glow than yellow light.
The bathroom fixtures are all from Korea—from the sink bowl to the faucet, mirror, lights, toilet, bidet, towel rack, bath tub, and shower, down to the pure white pebbles where the bath tub sits on.
The kitchens are fully equipped with Korean technology—e.g, a bespoke semi built-in refrigerator, microwave, gas range, induction cookers, and pushed-open cabinetry. The marble island counter has USB ports, Bluetooth speaker, and universal outlet that can be hidden from view with a push of a button. The kitchen’s exhaust is kept discreet through the built-cabinets. The entire house has drinkable water straight from the tap.
Presello also highlights the use of spray-type insulation on the roof, which is effective in trapping the cold air in and keeping the warm air out especially during the summer months. The material was also imported from Korea, says the real estate group, as it’s not commonly used in the Philippines due to its price.
To see the rest of the property, check out Presello’s house tour through this link.
[Photos courtesy of Presello]