Jalandoni Apartments, Jaro, Iloilo City


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City
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Project: Apartment and Dormitory Building
Location: Jaro, Iloilo City
Architect: Arch Ian Jay Bantilan
Status: Architecture Design

The Commission is located on a lot in Jaro District of Iloilo City. The Land itself is ocuppied by an old bungalow house of the relatives of the owner. The site is relatively flat with areas narrowing toward the west end of the lot at a small difficult angle creating a trapezoid.

Most designers would layout a typical retangular grid and which is very applicable but would leave leftover areas from cutting the retangular building core. The Architect’s solution is to layout the grid in parallel to the site boundaries. This solution is not unique but presents an academic application not ussually taught in provincial architectural schools.

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Metrobank Architecture and Design Excellence 2015


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City
Archian Designs Architect Studio Projects

Project: 2012 MADE Architecture Competition

 “Filipino Identity, Global Appeal, Modern Setting, Environmentally Sensitive”
Location: Calatagan, Batangas
Architect: Arch Ian Jay Bantilan
Status: Competition

Winning Metrobank Art and Design Excellence Architecture

Winning Metrobank Art and Design Excellence Architecture

Questionnaires for the Two Finalists:
Arch Ian Jay Bantilan

PART I. ENTRY

 
Metrobank: What are you main inspirations for your physical design solution?

Arch Ian: When I first started, me and my team surveyed existing works on sloping site, Philippine Architecture, Asian and Latin American works. It lead us to the Bird House of Malaysia, a Modern Bamboo House in Japan and the Suckling Elephant House of Malaysia.

My inspiration for the Front Bamboo spires are the protruding poles in the fish pens in Bacolod City.

Metrobank: Which local or foreign architect or designer influenced your entry and how?

Arch Ian: Dr. Shams Naga (AIA, RIBA) was a former boss who taught  me about the deeper meaning in Architecture. Another influence is Jacques Herzog of Herzog & De Meuron. His house with mechanical controls was my inspiration for the Bamboo Panels.

1. How many schemes did you try before you chose this direction or solution?

We are on the 3rd Scheme with many variations and directions until we hit a breakthrough. I said, “This scheme looks like a Bahay Kubo. The stair parallels the ladder.” So we develop it. But eventually the Bahay Kubo look got lost but the conceptual masses are still there.

2. Have you experimented with any of the elements you introduced in the design on any existing projects of yours current of in the past?

No. Most Clients want a “safe” design. They want cheap but don’t want to risk on Bamboo. I’ve suggested Bamboo to many people already.

3. This is a conceptual design. How do you think your design may be affected if there are real clients that you really have to present this to and convince?

The innovator will always bear the brunt of criticism. If his work succeeds, the world will fill with copycats with works of lesser value. The Architect must gain the trust of the Client and the Client must be secure with the Architects work. He must create a strong relationship with the client.

4. Obviously your designs are a mix of modern and traditional elements and materials. How do you propose to handle the traditional materials, which do not or are not available in forms that are processed for extensive or long term use?

There are available products to remedy and preserve these. For Bamboo, my solution is to work with a Consultant with extensive experience in the Material since most Building use a substandard methods of construction. For the organic woven walls, I enclose them in glass.

Metrobank Architecture Competition 2012 Winner - Philippines Modern Bamboo Floor Site Plan
Metrobank Architecture Competition 2012 Winner – Philippines Modern Bamboo Floor Site Plan

PART II. PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL

DESIGN BACKGROUND

1. When did you decide that you wanted to focus your skills to architecture?Kindly tell us the story.

I wanted to take advertising – Fine Arts or ECE. Then my uncle Engr. Arne Navara encouraged me that my strengths, math and art is in Architecture. Then my dad, Atty. Jerry Bantilan told me I had CAP scholarship and can go to any school I want. So I went to UST! Go uste!

2. What is your general design vision/philosophy as an architect?

I basically believe in four values: 1. Functional Spaces, 2. Tropical Asian Style, 3. Innovation/Technology and 4. Green Building Principles.

3. What were the major influences of your works as an architect?

I love Richard Meier, SCDA and Bedmar & Shi.

Metrobank Architecture Competition 2012 Winner - Modern Filipino Bamboo House
Metrobank Architecture Competition 2012 Winner – Modern Filipino Bamboo House

 PROFESSION

1. Which type of architectural structure do you specialize at? What is your most significant project and why?

I specialize in Residential and Commercial. I also want to venture into Asian Resorts, Innovative School buildings and iconic Government structures.

My significant project to date is a Seaside Restaurant in Banago, Bacolod City (for Construction)

2. What do you think is the contribution of the works that you have done to the development of Filipino Architecture? What is it that you can still contribute to Filipino Architecture?

Reinventing the Filipino Style. Architecture shouldn’t be static. It should change with time. It is the language, the masses and textures.

Developing a language of monumental Architecture.

3. Did you have projects related to social development?  What do you think is the impact of these works to the community where it is built?

With this competition, I was able to meet with AIDFI (Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation – helps Bacolenos earn a living using sustainable technologies) It’s leader, Auke Idzenga redesigned the ramp pump. These are foreigners who use their strength and creativity to help our own countrymen. I am currently helping to extend their workshop facility.

4. What is the most valuable lesson you have learned throughout your profession and how did you apply it in your works and projects?

I used to throw myself directly into drawings. I learned from my boss, Dr Shams that you have to research. I used to research architecture for leisure. He taught me to always find something from the Library. I also learned diligence. When I was in college I had a poor work ethic. Diligence will provide you the impetus to be on top.

ARCHITECTURE IN A BROADER SPECTRUM

1. How do you think the society perceives architecture as a discipline?

In Bacolod and many local cities, Architecture is a Luxury. People haggle for price  because for them Architecture is an expense. Most of my clients start to appreciate the benefits of a good architect.

2. What is the relation of architecture in the status of our country as a developing nation?

Architecture can greatly increase the value of properties: from 2x to 100 times, – literally. The value of land in Japan is worth ten times more than the Philippines even though the risk of building is very high. This is because of the quality and value that they have added to themselves, including Architecture.

The value is actually a cycle. People perceive the value. Then more people come and more investment is added, then the value increases even more. Why should a coffee cost more in Paris or London? It is because of the value of 2500 years of history and investment. Architecture = Investment.

3. What do you think is the Architect’s role in the society?

An architect is responsible for Cultural Identity, Quality of Life, Social Responsibility and Public Safety.

4. Do Filipino Architects get enough appreciation or recognition locally?

Yes. But not enough. The government should recognize the role of the Architects in nation-building. We are the only nation where the architects have to fight (under our laws) to be ourselves (sign their own sheets)

Metrobank Architecture Winner - Modern House Bamboo Perspective
Metrobank Architecture Winner – Modern House Bamboo Perspective

WINNING THE COMPETITION

1. What would the MADE Architecture Grand Prize title mean to you?

It means more opportunities and a bigger stage to help and promote NGOs. (AIDFI and Buglas Bamboo Institute.)

2. How are you going to spend the Php300,000 that we will give you if you win?

I’ll save it. I will also use it to start our a residential development. (Planned 4 Houses)

3. Are you planning any bigger strides as an architect in the near future? What is your next big thing?

I am planning to start a Real Estate Company in Bacolod City. I also want to teach in my own alma mater, UST.

End of the Interview.

 

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Influences on Philippine Architecture


Archian Design Architect Studio Iloilo - Cebu City

Influences on Philippine Architecture

House in Philippine Antillean Style

House in Philippine Antillean Style

If a foreigner visits the Philippines Isles, it doesn’t take long for him to recognize that indeed Philippine Architecture is one of the most iconic and beautiful in the world. Not only is Philippine Architecture beautiful, it is distinct and colorful, and it is set in the most beautiful paradise, along with rolling terrain, pristine rivers (I hope it stays that way and what is left stays) and the most breathtaking scenery of trees and greens!

With this backdrop, anything we build and design in this piece of heaven is icing on the cake. How could it not be? But the Philippines is falling on hard times in the economy – read about it on a future post. Read more of this post

K+12 Pavia International High School


Archian Design Architect Studio Iloilo - Cebu City
Archian Designs Architect Studio Projects

Project: K+12 Pavia International School 
Location: Pavia, Iloilo City
Architect: Arch Ian Jay Bantilan
Status: Design Proposal

k12-pavia-international-high-school-iloilo-city-site-development.jpg

k12-pavia-international-high-school-iloilo-city-site-development.jpg

With the Philippines as the only country not implementing the K-12 Curriculum for its high schools, many high schools are upgrading their curriculum to match the requirements of Department of Education.

The Department of Education implemented the K-12 System, which will executed in 4 phases starting in s.y. 2011-2012. There are four “phases” are:

Phase 1: Laying the Foundations. Its goal is to finally implement the universal kindergarten.

Phase 2: Modeling and Migration. Its goal is to start of the implementation of the new curriculum for Grades 1 to 4 and 7 to 10.
Phase 3: Complete Migration. Its goal is to implement the Grades 11 & 12 / senior high school.
Phase 4: Completion of the Reform.

While many high schools are converting their open spaces into workshop areas while others are reducing their intake of students to make room for the additional 2 year of high school education.

K+12 Pavia International High School

K+12 Pavia International High School, Iloilo City Facade and Main Building

K+12 Pavia International High School, Iloilo City Facade and Main Building

Pavia International High School was designed with modern facilities anticipating the changes in education. its facilities already designed with K+12 in mind. The client’s vision is to fuse together digital and physical learning. While most students are reliant on wikipedia and research sites to learn, books are still indispensable to learning.

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The Real Cost of Building a House in the Philippines


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

The Real Cost of Building a House in the Philippines

It is common practice in the Philippines to find a connection, a friend of a friend, a “compare” who would give us a “friendly” fee. In some way, people have a distrust of professionals – from salesmen to doctors, others would even go to the extreme of finding someone with less credibility to give their body an assessment.

Problems with Construction Contractor in the Philippines

Problems with Construction Contractor in the Philippines

We all know of a friend or two who brag about their good fortune of getting a deal at half a price. And we glorify those stories. We hear of a colleague who bought shirts and pants on sale at 40%. Not to be undone, we want to find one at 45%. Read more of this post

Mansion Residence – Bago City, Negros Occidental


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City
Archian Designs Architect Studio Projects

Project: Mansion Residence
Location: Bago City, Negros Occidental
Architect: Arch Ian Jay Bantilan
Status: Design

The Client has owns 3 lots in Bago City, Negros Occidental. He commissioned Arch. Ian Jay Bantilan to Design a large house for him, his wife and his family. He wanted to have an open space and swimming pool for his friends

Mansion Residence - Interior Swimming Pool - Bago City

Mansion Residence – Interior Swimming Pool – Bago City

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Architecture Philosophy: Power Steering for Architecture


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

Architecture Philosophy: Power Steering for Architecture

(Artists and Designers Secrets for Inspiration)

Architecture Philosophy, Philippines

Architecture Philosophy, Philippines

After the successful workshop in 2012, “Designing Architecture – Global, Green and Filipino”, Architect Ian Jay Bantilan of Bacolod City is presenting a Workshop that will enable designers to find the inspiration to finally bring the Project home. The Artists or the Architect’s philosophy acts as a frame that strengthens his work so that it stands out among the myriad art and messages that fight for dominance in our minds today.

As artists, we naturally immerse ourselves in shallow water and miss out the depth of meaning that our world holds. This Workshop is not just for architects, it can be useful to artists, interior designers to draw inspiration from.

If you are interested feel free to contact the United Architects of the Philippines – Student Auxilliary (La Consolacion College) 19122408616 or 433-3476. The Workshop will be held in La Consolacion College – Bacolod City on September 19, 2013. If you are an outsider wanting to participate in this event, please be sure to let us know before the time.

Filipino Global Green Architecture Poster

2012: Filipino Global Green Architecture Poster

The Lecture, entitled 

Silent Heroes: The Role of Architects in Society


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

Silent Heroes: The Role of Architects in Society

“Architects have always played an important role in the History of Civilization.”

Ancient Architecture of Egypt

Ancient Architecture of Egypt

 They have helped reshape cities and localities,

and in doing so,

have been instrumental in the evolution of a people’s culture.

Public Architecture - Concert

Public Architecture – Concert

We have been at the forefront in the development of a society, albeit unbeknownst.

Thus, not many people realize the importance of an Architect.

Role of Architects 1

Role of Architects 1

We are more than designing one’s residence.

We take part in building the nation.

We take part in building the future.

Architects - Beautiful Spaces

Architects – Beautiful Spaces

The Architect’s role has always been downplayed.

Some put minimal value in what we do.

But ours is a call to serve,

to lead,

to build.

Whether other people realize the importance of our profession, it is clear that our service have a great impact in a thousand other people who will unknowingly live inside, around our masterpieces. This is what we are, what we do, and how we impact the world around us.

Role of Architect Designers

Role of Architect Designers

Architects are Guardians of the Environment.

Architects are City Changers.

Architects are Partners in Nation Building.

Commission a Project


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Lubrico Commercial-Residential Compound


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

Lubrico Cluster Commercial Residential Compound
Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Here is the Proposal for the Development in Homesite for the Lubrico Commercial Residential Development.

The Concept is a 2-Entrance for Residences on opposite sides of the Lot. Then The Frontage will have rentable commercial Shops which can be rented by Commercial Establishments or can have an Internet Shope fitted in.

12-06 Lubrico Aerial Perspective

12-06 Lubrico Aerial Perspective

The Perspective Shows the Shop in the Front and the Two Houses in the Back with a Firewall seperating the Read more of this post

Construction Estimation Cost – Bali Indonesia


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

Construction Estimation Cost /Cost of Construction – Bali Indonesia

The Services of a Contractor for the Architectural Design of Houses, villas, hotels, resorts requires quality craftsmanship and materials based on the Specification and in accordance with the Time Schedule. It also requires a well-integrated team Architects, Interior Read more of this post

Bacolod House Design: Bantilan Residence Garage and House Extension


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City
Archian Designs Architect Studio Projects

Project: Garage and House Extension
Location: Capitol Hills Subdivision, Bacolod City
Architect: Arch Ian Jay Bantilan
Status: Constructed

Bacolod Home Addition and Garage Roof Design

Bacolod Home Addition and Garage Roof Design

Atty. Jerry Bantilan is planning for a long term

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Bacolod House Design: Greensville 2 Residence


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City
Archian Designs Architect Studio Projects

Project: 2 Storey Residence
Location: Greensville, Bacolod City
Architect: Arch Ian Jay Bantilan
Status: Design

Front View of Spacious Mediteranean House in Bacolod City1

Front View of Spacious Mediteranean House in Bacolod City1

HULLEZA RESIDENCE

Concept:

The Site is an ideal relatively plain site in Read more of this post

How to Create a Classical Building Model in Sketchup in Less Than 4 Hours


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

Google Sketchup 9 Proffesional - Modelling Tool

Google Sketchup 9 Proffesional - Modelling Tool

While we Admire the excellent fine quality of 3D Max renderings, we cannot help but be amazed with Google Sketchup as a user-friendly and extremely flexible modelling tool.

This is a project of a friend in Galveston, Texas showing a Read more of this post

Kalimaya Villa


 

Kalimaya Villa is a luxury villa with a tropical design that is located on the beach bali villas, Seminyak. Designed on the basis of modern Balinese architecture to add a certain satisfaction to visitors. Kalimaya Villa offers a design concept for relaxation, so that the guests will always find this place to get peace. sophisticated filter systems are also used throughout the villa to improve the quality of tap water, so it has advantages for drinking water. Some of the facilities offered such as: Villa three bedroom guest suites, two pavilions, pools and gardens.

Waterscape Scenery - Villa Kalimaya, Seminyak

Waterscape Scenery – Villa Kalimaya, Seminyak

The Villas have different configurations for single and double bed rooms. Each villa has exquisite view to a garden and swimming pool which magically transforms the accomodation into a living paradise.

Villas in Villa Kalimaya, Seminyak

Villas in Villa Kalimaya, Seminyak

The villas concept comes from gems which are connected to the oscillating lights of the swimming pool.

Villa Kalimaya, Seminyak in Bali

Villa Kalimaya, Seminyak in Bali

Villa Kalimaya, Bali - Terrace and Pool

Villa Kalimaya, Bali – Terrace and Pool

 

Villa Kalimaya, Bali - in Seminyak - Night view

Villa Kalimaya, Bali – in Seminyak – Night view

Villa Kalimaya, Bali - Gardens

Villa Kalimaya, Bali – Gardens

 

 

Villa Kalimaya, Bali - Entryway

Villa Kalimaya, Bali – Entryway

 

Villa2 of Kalimaya Villas, Bali

Villa2 of Kalimaya Villas, Bali

 

 

The Lagoon in Villla Kalimaya

The Lagoon in Villla Kalimaya

Suite Entrance Villa Kalimaya

Suite Entrance Villa Kalimaya

 

Pool and Villas - Villa Kalimaya III-Seminyak

Pool and Villas – Villa Kalimaya III-Seminyak

 

Outdoor Pool in - Villa Kalimaya, Seminyak

Outdoor Pool in – Villa Kalimaya, Seminyak

Livingroom Interior - Villa Kalimaya, Seminyak

Livingroom Interior – Villa Kalimaya, Seminyak

 

 

Living Interior - Villa Kalimaya, Seminyak

Living Interior – Villa Kalimaya, Seminyak

 

Villa Khalimaya Entrance View of the Pool

Villa Khalimaya Entrance View of the Pool

 

Villa Kalimaya is named after a river of gems. It is a contemporary tropical masterpiece which blends Balinese Architectural elements with elegant landscape.

The Resort has rentable houses  Villa Kalimaya I, II, III and IV that offers a single, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units.

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Tropical Traditional House by Tim Hardy in Bali


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

Tropical Traditional House by Tim Hardy in Bali

Tropical Traditional House in Bali 1

Tropical Traditional House in Bali 1

This Traditional Architecture House located at Bali an island in Indonesia which known as best scenery island.an architect of traditional architecture house by an owner John Hardy as jewelry designer not architect but he was done this task like Read more of this post

Architect Ian Jay Bantilan, UAP


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

Bacolod Architect Ian Jay Bantilan with Arch Levi & Gazil

Bacolod Architect Ian Jay Bantilan with Arch Levi & Gazil

Architect Ian Jay Bantilan

E-mail:  ibantilan@yahoo.com

Architect Biography

Architect Ian Jay Bantilan was born in Bacolod City in 1979 to Accountant and Lawyer, Jerry Bantilan and Banker Lourdes Bantilan.

He took up Architecture in the Philippines’ premiere Architecture School, the University of Santo Tomas and graduated Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 2001. He worked his apprentice in Architecture and Construction offices in Manila. Read more of this post

5 Points to Consider in Building Your Home in Bacolod


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

Patindog Balay sa Bacolod?

Building your new house in Bacolod City doesn’t start with the pouring of the foundation. A house is a work of art and is the product of the blood, sweat and tears of the entire construction team. But before the actual construction, it all starts with you. Costly mistakes during home design and construction could be avoided if you plan ahead of time.

Here are 5 Important Points to consider in Building Your Home in Bacolod.Basa lang di!

Modern Mediteranean Large House - Bacolod

Modern Mediteranean Large House - Bacolod

1. Set Your Budget
The first question you should ask yourself is “How much will my dream house cost?”
Start estimating how much you can afford to Read more of this post

Casa Gutierrez, Modern House Design in El Salvador


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

Casa Gutierrez Modern House Design in El Salvador

Casa Gutierrez Modern House Design in El Salvador

This is modern house design in El Salvador called Casa Guiterrez was designed by P&P Architects. Specially designed for a recently married young couple in El Salvador, Casa Gutierrez has the exquisite feel of a contemporary home with traditional spaces. Designed by P&P Architects, Read more of this post

Modern Tropical House in Guadalajara, Mexico


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

Modern House Design in Guadalajara, Mexico - Right Side View

Modern House Design in Guadalajara, Mexico – Right Side View

The house is the most important part. Owner looking for a house design in accordance with his style. For example classic house, luxury house, Read more of this post

Modern Tropical House on a Small Lot with a Garden


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

Designed by Rockefeller Partners Architects this house is located off a walk street with great views of the Pacific Ocean and Malibu coastline. Its design is all about a careful space planning.

The site is a narrow 30×60-foot area but it includes not only the Read more of this post

Quatro Patria Residences, Bacolod City


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

QUATRO PATRIA RESIDENCES, is an exquisite 4-Unit Designed Residential Development conceived as a modern small-cluster-community in the Heart of Bacolod City in Negros Occidental.

Quatro Patria Residences Bacolod

Quatro Patria Residences Bacolod

Concept

The Quatro Patria Residences was conceived as a study for preferences of upper class Filipino Read more of this post

Archian Designs Architect Studio – History


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

ARCHIAN DESIGNS ARCHITECT STUDIOS was conceived in Dubai in November 2010 by Architect Ian Jay Bantilan while working for Naga Architects, as he contemplated for an Architect umbrella organization to provide a collaboration between different architects Read more of this post

Don Salvador Benedicto Mini-Resort Project


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

I especially wrote this blog for friends and family about the Don Salvador Project on our Lot. Please Comment so I can adjust or defend and we can think about it. Please keep the password I give you and you can visit this site, in case you’d be interested to see it again.

I will be posting a more significant write up and video when I see a greater clarity in this project. For now, I want to keep it low key. If you believe that sharing this link and password would help my Company,  Archian Designs in finding a future client, you may share this link and password. Read more of this post

Bamboo Architecture: Green School, Bali


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

Architect Feature: Green School in Bali, Indonesia

Environmentalists and designers John and Cynthia Hardy wanted to motivate communities to live sustainably. Part of that effort was to show people how to build with sustainable materials, namely . They established the Green School, and its affiliates: the Meranggi Foundation, which develops plantations of bamboo plants through presenting bamboo seedlings to local rice farmers; and PT Bambu, a for-profit design and construction company that promotes the use of bamboo as a primary building material, in an effort to avoid the further depletion of rainforests.
The Green School, a giant laboratory built by PT Bambu, is located on a sustainable campus straddling both sides of the Ayung River in Sibang Kaja, Bali, within a lush jungle with native plants and trees growing alongside sustainable organic gardens. The campus is powered by a number of alternative energy Read more of this post

The Advantages of Hiring an Architect


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

Do you really need to hire an architect ?

Filipino architects wear many hats in many building design and construction projects. They may create the design, make the drafts, select the materials and supervise the entire work process. For other projects, an architect’s role may be limited to drafting the blueprints.

You can go for some cost-saving options but they don’t always work out for everyone. Here are the alternatives and their advantages and disadvantages:

1. Buying a Stock Building Plan
Architects and home designers create stock building plans for mass marketing through magazines, catalogs and websites.

Advantages: It’s easy to find stock plans for houses in a wide variety of sizes, styles and budgets. If you can find stock blueprints similar to what you envision your dream house to be, you can hire an architect to make necessary alterations. This will help save money because changing an existing plan is always less expensive than designing a house from scratch. Read more of this post

History of Philippine Architecture


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

The first inhabitants of the Philippine Islands arrived between 300 and 200 B.C. They were of Malay-Polynesian descent. The people lived in groups of 30-100 families in societies known as barangay. They were mainly an agricultural and fishing people, others were nomadic. Trade with mainland asia, especially China, was established by these people. In the 14th century, Islam was introduced. Then in 1521, Magellan stumbled upon the islands in his attempt to circumnavigate the world. This was the introduction of the Philippines to the western world. What followed was 300 years of rule by the Spanish and the acceptance of Roman-Catholicism, Read more of this post

Possibilites for Filipino Architecture


Archian Design Architect Studio Iloilo - Cebu City
Possibilites for Filipino Architecture

There has been such arguments whether Filipino Architecture exists or not. Countless are the skeptics who thoroughly examine the identity of such architectural localization. For most people who don’t realize the features of Philippine Architecture, it can be easily determined by just looking in the country side. What type of house do Filipinos live in? What house resembles Filipinos? Exactly, the ‘bahay-kubo’ or the nipa hut is the main defining house that distinguishes the Philippines.

Intramuros - Filipino Spanish Architecture

Intramuros – Filipino Spanish Architecture

But critics have given such look on this matter because nipa huts are qualities of typical tropical architecture design. Read more of this post

Masonry: Concrete Hollow Block laying


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

Masonry: Concrete Hollow Block Laying

Concrete Hollow Blocks

Concrete Hollow Blocks

One of the most common building material used is Concrete Hollow Blocks. Most construction systems in the Philippines lay out the structural “skeleton” of the building, usually reinforced concrete columns and beams, and then layout the rest of the building in CHB, as it is abbreviated. The popularity of hollow blocks or CHB comes from its modular use and portability. It is easy to transport, is standard like a lego block that can create all kinds of walls – even curves and cylinders!

CHB - materials should be organized in the delivery area

CHB – materials should be organized in the delivery area

There are different materials having modular use such as sand bags, bricks, stone and adobe blocks. But CHB wins over because of its simple composition – sand, fly ash and cement. Stones and adobe must be quarried from special location (its sources) and transported to thousands of kilometers to the site while CHB can be cast in all kinds of location on Earth.

Construction - CHB and Stiffener Column

Construction – CHB and Stiffener Column

There are many kinds of concrete blocks because molding them allows one to customize what one needs. But concrete hollow blocks evolved to mean the most commonly used ones: 4″ (100mm), 6″ (150mm) and 8″ (rarely used 200mm) which come in the same height and width 8″x 16″ (0.1×0.2x.4). Different structural strengths can also be produced by varying the amount of cement in the mold. Standard strength for CHB is 500 psi for Bungalow up to 4 Storeys and 700 psi for High Rise Construction. Walls in 700 psi CHB is considered as load bearing.

Philippine Building Construction - CHB laying materials

Philippine Building Construction – CHB laying materials

Because hollow blocks are a common material, non-professional people take them for granted in the site. As construction sites require large areas to be programmed for CHB, Sand and Gravel, careful planning for location on site ensures that masons working will have enough space to mix the mortar and install CHB.

Read Constructing a House in Iloilo City.

Archian Designs Architect Studios is a Collaboration of Architects, Urban Planners, Interior Designers, Landscape Designers and Engineers in the Philippines. To see the contact information, email to archiandesigns@yahoo.com, or call (034) 433 3476.

Ken Yeang on the Future Design of Modern Cities


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

Ken Yeang on the Future Design of Cities

Architect Ken Yeang Picture

Architect Ken Yeang Picture

Architect Ken Yeang is one of the Award Winning proponents of using technology in making creative solutions to a more ecologically or environmentally sensitive design.

Architect Ken Yeang hails from Malaysia and has been a recipient of many Architecture and Design Awards, the first of which is the Menara Mesiniaga in Kuala Lumpur or IBM Building where he introduced the fusion of ecology into the design.

Unfortunately, Malaysia’s less severe climate compared to the Philippines allows it for mild solutions nevertheless, being in the Tropical Region, continues to be a challenge.

In this video, Ken Yeang discusses his philosophy in one of his great creations.

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Read Bamboo Architecture: Green School, Bali

Archian Designs Architect Studios is a Collaboration of Architects, Urban Planners, Interior Designers, Landscape Designers and Engineers in the Philippines. To see the contact information, email to archiandesigns@yahoo.com, or call (034) 433 3476.

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