“The problem was to create an environment that was physically sheltered, i.e. that offered protection from wind and the rain, but at the same time remained open to everything that is poetic and ethical, even the wildest of storms.”
Lina Bo Bardi
We fully embrace this quote, it defined how we felt about what we had been commissioned, and our hope was to come up with a valuable answer.
In the hilly area of Tawin Tawin, we echoed local rice terraces and designed concrete organic horizontal trays which anchor to cylindrical vertical elements. These elements enable the house to support horizontal forces of earthquakes and typhoons, common in the area, they enable large cantilevered spans that protect the interior from the strong tropical weather, and they structurally liberate the open plan we had in mind for the house, were spaces flow into one another and towards the surrounding nature. Sheltered within the trays we enclosed some spaces in a more delicate layer. A wooden layer that profits from the precise and fragile nature of the Philippine craftsmanship and adds comfort to the rooms.
All in all, a house that aims to become part of the landscape, and from which to contemplate the landscape at its best.