Urban Zone: Modern Contemporary by Jason Buensalido



Last night I went to the birthday celebration of ABS-CBN executive Deo Endrinal. There I met up with old colleagues and celebrities I usually only get to see on TV. Many exciting exchanges happen. But one thing left a smile on my face as I went to bed. Every single person I talked to expressed their love and longing for Urban Zone. It was very touching and encouraging.

I can proudly say that UZ really made a huge impact and influenced many people’s lives. It helped move the design and construction industry. It was a source of inspiration for many. I’m so proud of my core team – Manny Segunto, Denmark Alejandro, Maila Cuevas, Stanley Castro, Dave Bola and Princess Fulgar – for doing so much with so little resources. Hoping to work my awesome team again.

As you know, I’m producing Urban Zone® webisodes for now. With the help of my friend Marty Ilagan, we made this webisode last month featuring Jason Buensalido. Many of you may have already seen it. I’m now posting photos I took during the shoot.

If you love UZ and would like to support our little creative enterprise, please, please, please repost/share on Facebook, Twitter and embed the video in your blogs. Thanks and lots of UZ love.



A few months ago we drove by this house that stood out in a new subdivision. It was completely out of the box. I didn’t know who the architect was, but I had some inkling it could be Jason Buensalido. So I asked him, “By any chance did you design and build this house in XX Subdivision?”


I described it to him. He described it to me. But we were not sure we were talking about the same thing. Until he showed me photos.


This house has never been shown in any magazine or TV show. It took some convincing and a lot of trust. Thankfully, the owners agreed.


The entrance was lined from floor to ceiling with cedar wood.


More than just describing the style, Jason said this was about honesty of material, showing them in their most pure form, unadorned. The main common area is one open space that flows into the courtyard/deck. This living room, dining and kitchen area appears sunken from the external lanai.


Thank you Marty Ilagan for shooting and editing the video! Awesome team!


One bonus of having a sunken living room is the built in sofas which are made of the continuous concrete ledge surrounding the sunken area. It felt very mid-century modern America.


Cantilevered wooden steps to the second floor. The pattern on the wooden ceiling corresponds to the lines on the concrete floor.


Honesty of material. Concrete is shown as concrete.


Second floor hallway.


No need for huge windows in this hallway. This wall acts as a total barrier from the outside world and the one enveloped in wood and concrete inside.


All rooms upstairs have clerestory windows to benefit from natural light from both sides of the house.


The deck in the courtyard with reflectorized sliding glass doors.


Concrete ledge built into one wall of the deck.


The view into the house from the courtyard. I love the transparency of it all. Yet there is a level of privacy because the living space is “sunken” and the exterior wall and lanai is actually raised above ground level.


The exterior details – concrete, glass, steel and wood.


The exterior wall. This is the same wall that envelops the slanted hallway upstairs. Can I just say that I am so loving how they used the humble Santan as landscaping? This is how it’s done.


Again, santan love.


The house is branded. Here is the Buensalido logo. You can see more of Jason’s work here.



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  • http://twitter.com/thethorlanes Thor Carillanes

    I so love this house! It’s brilliant! UZ team, I miss you in TV!

  • http://twitter.com/archRATA Roger Andre Aguilar

    Thanks for d pics Ms. Daphne ! More Power to URBAN ZONE and more projects for Arch. Jason !

  • Anonymous

    That’s really beautiful. I love how the wood warms up the concrete so it doesn’t look too sterile or industrial. The owners are really brave for embracing such a modern look, there aren’t many who would!

  • http://www.facebook.com/christlersean.dequitos Christler Sean Dequitos

    love the view from living to the courtyard 😀

  • http://www.kurizutin.com/ kurizutin

    I am exclaiming “WOW” in every photo. Buensalido Architects are truly “genius”!!! I’m an avid fan!

  • http://twitter.com/mpgtkhn pax

    Absolutely LOVE the ceiling detail!

  • http://www.currystrumpet.com/ Deepa

    I love the concrete! It will feel cool inside but not cold to the touch. Brilliant house!

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  • strudel186

    Beautiful house – with clean cut features. But not child-friendly at all.

  • Candice Evangelista

    Hi, Daphne! Looking at this house reminds me of a problem we’ve had in our own house. Ours has lots of glass (walls, staircase, etc.) I remember you mentioning glass houses are potential heat traps and I now thoroughly agree. I suspect what’s adding to the heat problem is poor ventilation. Can I ask if you’ve encountered any home owners who had a similar problem but were able to moderate the effect of heat by using simple, inexpensive solutions? We’re thinking of installing sunshades around the porch, which surrounds our L-shaped house.

    • Anonymous

      sorry to hear that. sunshades would help. many different styles and materials for brise soleil. and definitely, cross ventilation helps, vents in the upper windows of each floor because hot air rises, large overhanging eaves. also try landscaping – trees (ya, it’s not like it’ll grow overnight), try bamboo they’re fast growing and leafy when they get tall.

      hope that helps.

      • http://www.facebook.com/candice.r.evangelista Candice Roscom Evangelista

        We have some landscaping and a few trees around the house. Bamboo we’ve started growing, too. I love bamboo! Glad to know we’re on the right track. Will definitely consider the sunshades now. Thanks heaps for your suggestions. Really appreciate you replying to the queries of your followers. More power!

  • Anonymous

    Amazing house architecture! But I agree, its not a place where you can have children’s party or children at all…not under teen at least.

  • Engr. Denise

    Saw this in XX subdivision and just had to stop! Truly awesome! Thanks for featuring this! I hope someday I can work as a contractor with Buensalido Architects! 🙂 Brilliant! 🙂

  • dindo

    this is 1 great home brand!