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A Japanese Home at South Forbes
by Rommel R. Orbigo
Published in The Philippine Star, 29 September, and Manila Bulletin, 12 October 2006
With the warm reception of investors and aspiring homeowners to its Japanese Zen-themed residences at Tokyo Mansions, South Forbes Golf City proudly unveils another gem.
The new model mansion, Edo, is near the Tokyo Mansions Clubhouse. It boasts of a Contemporary Japanese design theme. Its architecture mainly uses clean lines that consider symmetry and balance for the whole structure.
Wood, natural stones such as slate and granite, glass, steel and concrete were carefully used and combined throughout the mansion to bring about simplicity and serenity � which are main principles of Zen. Japanese window designs also served as an inspiration for the Edo's large window frames. Meanwhile, flat roof tiles follow Japanese sensibilities as well.
From the outside, the Edo looks interesting. Its combined colors of off-white and light shades plus the dark earth tones create a playful contrast for the eyes.
The interiors are a modern rendition of Zen minimalism. Dark woods are predominant from the tables to the sofas and ceilings of the living room. White lends a strong contrast, while natural colors such as reds and greens mark the accent pieces. The kitchen's open layout makes food preparation easy in a clean setup.
From the living room, sliding doors open to the den. A sofa bed makes it inviting for guests. Other treasures that guests will love here are the flat TV and the open book shelves that promote easy storage as well. As a bonus for guests, the den comes with its own washroom.
The master's bedroom upstairs is a Zen haven. Dark woods for the flooring and cabinetry give it a natural feel, while the red color for the headboard and dark blue bedsheets make it an inviting and a romantic abode once night settles in. Two other bedrooms for the children complete this contemporary Zen home.
Also in the second floor, a terrace provides the family with magnificent views of the Tokyo Mansions Clubhouse and the neighboring enclave of Bali Mansions. It's also where the whole family can watch this new golf resort city rise.