Architect Rocksty James Kurt Bacungan may look like your typical young architect, but he has definitely achieved more than the usual accomplishments of people his age. Let D+C take you in on how he rolls.
You’d expect to find someone as young and talented as Ar. Rocksty working for a big firm to get enough experience before setting sail by himself. But instead, Ar. Rocksty has already started his own design group called Bacungan Architects at the ripe age of 26. This was a well thought out plan; by the time his group was launched, he had already passed the board exams and gained expertise after working under 3 design and construction companies.
Bacungan Architects was launched in January of 2020, weeks before the first lockdown in the country. And amidst the global chaos, Ar. Rocksty knew he need not waste time nor be dragged down by the limitations brought about by the pandemic. He kept himself busy by enrolling in various online courses for design and marketing. He quips confidently, “I knew that introducing myself is as important as honing my design skills. People need to knowthat I’m here and what I can do for them.” After applying all the marketing techniques he has learned, the projects started pouring in. His marketing mentors even complimented how fast he learned and how organic the increase in following has been in a short span of time.
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A TWO-STOREY MINIMALIST HOUSE OWNED BY A YOUNG FAMILY WHERE THE ARCHITECTURAL MODEL AIMS TO EMPHASIZE THE GEOMETRY TO REFLECT THE PURITY OF THE DESIGN INSTEAD OF MATERIALS AND FINISHES WHILE COEXISTING WITH NATURE. THE OPENNESS AND SIMPLICITY CAN CONNECT WITH THE PEOPLE'S EMOTIONS AND THINK MORE WITH FEWER VISUALS.
Lot Area: 300 square meters
Designed and modeled by Ar. Rocksty James Kurt Bacungan, UAP
It’s definitely not just about marketing; this young architect has proven over time that he can definitely walk his talk. Only less than two years after establishing Bacungan Architects, Ar. Rocksty has been on a roll, working on multiple actual and conceptual projects (scaling from small to large-sized developments), participating in design talks and competitions here and abroad, and building a network of clients who share the same goal - to make dream homes a reality. You might as well call him your modern day dreamhome maker.
His most recent project, a two-storey minimalist house in Antipolo, is a perfect example of a design that successfully married form and function, where the architectural model aims to emphasize the geometry to reflect the purity of the design without sacrificing materials and finishes. The openness and simplicity can connect with the people’s emotions and think more than with fewer visuals.
This house is owned by a young family who wanted a serene house that will coexist with its lush surroundings. Ar. Rocksty recalled happily that he didn’t find it hard to talk to them because both him and the clients are roughly the same age. They have the same design vision for the house; one which leaned towards promoting a minimalist lifestyle through tasteful use of monotone surfaces and geometry. The client was enthralled by their dream house's creative thinking and form-making, which turned their aspirations, beliefs, and ideas into an exceptional masterpiece.
And dream is indeed what he made come true in Serenity House. Ar. Rocksty did not only design his clients a home that reflects their character, brand, and values, the project also doubled as a perfect reflection of the architect’s work ethos - pure, structured, and always finding ways to coexist with both veterans and newcomers in the design field.
Imagine a young architect stretching his neck and cracking his knuckles, drawing his next big plan after ingesting a fair amount of coffee, and saying “let me deliver again!”
“I knew that introducing myself is as important as honing my design skills. People need to know that I’m here and what I can do for them.”