Maharlika Tropical Suites – Puerto Princesa, Palawan
June 3, 2014 Leave a comment
Project: Maharlika Tropical Suites (Hotel Apartments)
Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Architect: Arch Ian Jay Bantilan
The Client is a local businessman in Puerto Princesa with a Foreign Partner. The project calls for a unique tropical asian themed apartments for travellers and tourists.
Studying the rectilinear lot, it will be challenging to create enough interest in the entrance and keep the main part of the facility “mysteriously” hidden. Other strategies include tropical palm planting and Asian elements.
Architects that create a Local Identity.
It is common nowadays for resort, hotel and hospitality owners to create photocopy designs from different places. Even if they work with an ARchitect, most often, the theme, such as the Mediteranean villas does not function with the high level of rainfall in the Philippines. On the other hand, modern houses are typical in Europe since the last century and most foreigners do not appreciate them except for the clean service that is a standard expectation in hotels and apartments. It is enough for tourists to have warm friendly smiling people, any hotel in South East Asia can provide that. And its not just the bahay kubo, but the expression of the Filipino Place. This is the reason why it is important to work with a Professional Architect.
Arch. Ian Jay Bantilan believes that the design of local inns and tourist spots should offer a peice of the Filipino Architecture Identity. Travellers and foreigners are delighted to see the bahay kubo and the Spanish-Filipino houses because it evokes a sense of Place. It is easy to take for granted what we have all along, but providing a strong identity promotes our culture and our traditions.