Bahay Kubo: The Quintessential Philippine House


Archian Design Architect Studio Iloilo - Cebu City

Bahay Kubo: The Quintessential Philippine House

The Filipino Bahay Kubo

The Filipino Bahay Kubo

Bahay kubo, kahit munti                      The kubo house, though small
ang halaman doon, ay sari-sari            The greens around, are variety
singkamas at talong. . .                        Jicama and eggplant . . .

The song bahay kubo sums up the simple life and beauty of the country life. For those not acquainted, the bahay kubo is the Filipino word for house. Read more of this post

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How an Architect can protect you from loss on a Building Construction


Archian Design Architect Studio Iloilo City

Why an Architect’s role is crucial to any Building Construction

Until today, very many people are confused about engineers and architects. They understand in general about engineers but, for most part, the profession of Architects sounds like sorcery or magic. When people build their apartment, they want their property to have the best investment value. (Other than emotional significance) This is measured by its ability to generate income and have maximum resale potential. At the other end of the builder’s concern is what is the best way to cut on construction cost?

Architect- Magician or Sorcerer

Architect- Magician or Sorcerer?

Architects: Sorcery or Magic?

In a world of increasing complexity, architects in the past are tasked around aesthetics – beautifying the simple structures, adding color and light to interiors and adding details such as railings and moldings. But as buildings become more complex, the role of architects become more and more important. They are visionaries that don’t just build what is possible (engineers) but they visualize what could be.

1. Save money and lives.
Through training, architects are trained to anticipate possible conflict on the plan. A house with a simple use need less analysis between bedrooms and living room. As more functions are intertwined at an apartment or high school building, it is valuable to see logically and analytically which function should be beside each other. Imagine the wrong position of a Clinic very far from the sports area – it could for years save lives. Read more of this post

Palawud Restaurant – Banago, Bacolod City


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City
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Project: Palawud Restaurant
Location: Banago, Bacolod City
Architect: Arch Ian Jay Bantilan
Status: Constructed 2013

Palawud Resto Bar - Banaga Bacolod - Arch Ian Jay Bantilan

Palawud Resto Bar – Banaga Bacolod – Arch Ian Jay Bantilan

Tolosa Palawud Restaurant - Banago Bacolod 1

Tolosa Palawud Restaurant – Banago Bacolod

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Masonry: How to properly lay Concrete Hollow Blocks (CHB)


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.

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Metrobank Architecture and Design Excellence 2015


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City
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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. Read more of this post

K+12 Pavia International High School


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

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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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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 Read more of this post