One of our favorite design trends from the past year is biophilic design—the practice of incorporating natural elements into a way a place is built. Houses with this design might look like spaces that utilize running water structures, large windows that bring in natural light and outdoor spaces filled with greenery.[READ: Biophilic design is the home trend everyone needs to know about]
The best part about this trend is that it highlights how our well-being benefits from maintaining connections with nature—a fact that Buensalido Architects focuses on for their latest project.
The Patina is a home designed to adapt to a family’s needs and still age gracefully. “We believe that homes should transform, become better, and age gracefully over time—exactly how patina covers bronze and similar materials over a long period of being exposed to the elements, giving it a much more interesting character,” Buensalido explained.
It’s a two-phase project for general contractor Mike Marquez, whom Buensalido has worked with on a couple of past projects. The first phase has already been implemented and the second is due to be completed in 2021.
The first phase involves the expansion of an existing two-story residence, to include a spacious lounge area, a bar, a lanai and a guest room with a toilet and bath.
“They were looking for an expansive space to entertain guests. They love to have their friends, relatives, and extended family in their home but their existing space had become too tight for them,” Buensalido added of his client’s needs.
The whole space is designed to give its residents a home that provides comfort and allows freedom and flexibility—all while adapting to the changing needs of a family in the years to come.
This is reflected in the natural elements incorporated in the Patina. The house is lined with floor to ceiling doors and transom windows, as a way to maximize natural light and cross-ventilation. These glass doors also give the residents the flexibility to create space for large gatherings by combining their indoor space with an outdoor area surrounded by plants and trees.
“Having outdoor spaces and access to plants and nature in one’s own home has proven to be an essential feature especially during the pandemic,” the architect added.
Aside from softscaping, the Patina’s exteriors are made with natural materials that will change and improve over time, and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere with strategic lighting. Its interiors are made with wood-planked ceilings and grey stone flooring.
The exterior’s straightforward and contemporary design features strong horizontal lines and V-shaped columns decked with corten steel, which will develop a distinct patina in the years to come. The lines and columns support the wood-clad eaves designed to protect the house from the elements, and its walls are rendered with hand-trowelled earth tones.
With social distancing measures putting a halt on large gatherings, the Patina’s lounge area has been turned into a space where the family can take a breather from work and just relax. The music room, meanwhile, has been turned into a space where the family can spend time bonding and watching TV or Netflix.