Houses That Sugar Built: An Intimate Portrait of Philippine Ancestral Homes (Hardcover)

Houses That Sugar Built: An Intimate Portrait of Philippine Ancestral Homes By Gina Consing McAdam, Siobhán Doran Cover Image
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Houses that Sugar Built - An Intimate Portrait of Philippine Ancestral Homes explores the largely unknown architectural legacy to be found in the ancestral houses of Iloilo, Negros Occidental and Pampanga - the three main sugar-producing provinces of the Philippines. These grand residences have yet to receive international exposure.Nonetheless, they are important in two ways. Firstly, although easily classifiable in terms of architectural style, upon experiencing the buildings themselves there are almost always layers of additional influence. Secondly, this assured blending of styles reveals what we might call a 'Critical Ambition' - a desire on the part of the patrons who commissioned these residences to participate in an international architectural culture. Their relatively overlooked location did not stop the sugar barons responsible for these houses from undertaking a 20th-century form of the Grand Tour of European capitals, returning with a desire to bring the latest trends from Paris or Vienna to the provincial Philippines, or from partaking of the latest streamlined Moderne style from the US.Beautifully photographed, with over 200 pages of interiors that have rarely been seen by the public, Houses that Sugar Built - An Intimate Portrait of Philippine Ancestral Homes is layered with intimate stories and individual house texts that transport us back to a time when these residences were in their heyday.The book won first prize in the Sony World Photography Awards 2024 Architecture and Design category.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781957183800
ISBN-10: 1957183802
Publisher: Oro Editions
Publication Date: February 20th, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English