Before Dingdong Dantes got married to Marian Rivera, he already had a 300sqm penthouse in a low-rise residential building in Quezon City that his grandfather Enrique Gonzales built. He asked architects Ria and Glen Malig of Gamaconstruct to turn it into a Modern Asian bachelor pad.
With its slanted roofs, straight lines, and glass doors, the penthouse could easily be mistaken for a luxury Asian resort.
The house is not only filled with expensive pieces of furniture, but also with expensive collectibles. Statues, figures and replicas of fictional characters such as Sauron, Legolas, Batman, Hellboy, The Crow, and others can be seen all over the penthouse.
To complement the striking façade of the penthouse, mood lighting is used.
Dingdong commissioned sculptor Agi Pagkatipunan to create a custom front-door with his initials, DD. This was executed with a woodframed steel door and D-shaped steel bar accents. The heavy doors open to a foyer furnished with abstract artwork.
In the living room, a two-seater plush couch faces the television, while a pair of tufted side chairs and a wing chair complete the mix. A red ottoman takes the place of the usual coffee table. The wing chair and black area rug are both from Furnitalia, a high-end furniture store in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
Dingdong’s bar area features an impressive collection of 18-inch action figures. Eight wooden shelves allow for more prominent display of the collector’s items. On the left is another conversation piece: a Batman suit with its own special shelf.
The modern design of the house is evident in the kitchen and dining area which has a drop ceiling, slatted dividers, and sleek appliances. The dining set has been with Dingdong for years.
Near Dingdong’s room is a painting by Carlo Saavedra occupies most of one wall, while a replica helmet of the Lord of the Rings villain, Sauron, is placed on top of a console table.
A statue of Jesus Christ is also prominently displayed in his master bedroom. A re-upholstered leather bed base and dramatic niches in dark finish emphasize the house’s masculine theme.
In the master bathroom, three wooden shelves are mounted on top of the water closet. Sleek and modern fixtures echo the home’s overall look.
Dingdong loves entertaining guests in his sprawling bachelor pad. The sizable gazebo features several seating areas. A moatlike water feature runs around parts of the entire house, including the seating area.