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.

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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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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

Maharlika Tropical Suites – Puerto Princesa, Palawan


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City
Archian Designs Architect Studio Projects

Project: Maharlika Tropical Suites (Hotel Apartments)
Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Architect: Arch Ian Jay Bantilan
Status: Design

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.

Marharlika Tropical Suites- Puwerto Princesa Front

Marharlika Tropical Suites- Puwerto Princesa Front

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ADAS Construction and Project Management Services


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

CONSTRUCTION AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES

At Archian Designs Architect Studio we take pride in our professional image and host a staff that is dedicated to making our designs a reality. We are engaged in all parts of the design creation process, from conceptualizing the architecture design of buildings and spaces to construction management.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES.

  1. Project Estimating, Budgeting, Scheduling, Bidding, Tendering.
  2. Permit and Construction documents.
  3. Construction Services; Evaluation, Recommendation, Coordination of Project Activities on-time and on-budget.

If you would like to see other Services from our Company, List of Services, or know more about these services, email us through archiandesigns@yahoo.com or call to (034)433 3476.

ARCHIAN DESIGNS ARCHITECT STUDIOS believes that Architecture is an endless search for perfection of artistic and harmonious arrangement of man and space, with considerations with the built environment, nature, cost and the latest trend value and technology will always be considered, now and beyond.

ADAS Specialized Allied Services


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

ARCHITECTURE DESIGN SERVICES

At Archian Designs Architect Studio we take pride in our professional image and host a staff that is dedicated to making our designs a reality. We are engaged in all parts of the design creation process, from conceptualizing the architecture design of buildings and spaces to construction management.

ADAS Specialized Allied Services.
These services are related to Architecture Design Services.

  1. Site Development, Subdivision Planning & Urban Design
  2. Interior Design, Material Selection and Planning
  3. Landscape Design and Planning
  4. Furniture Design
For large complex sites like schools, subdivisions and commercial developments, it is possible to create a Site Development without specifying the Design for each Building. This is Site Development Plan or Urban Design Planning. What it does is it gives form to the total development where, if left on its own, Designers will exercise undisciplined creative license.

If you would like to see other Services from our Company, List of Services, or know more about these services, email us through archiandesigns@yahoo.com or call to (034)433 3476. See also Pre-Design Services and Architecture Designs Services.

ARCHIAN DESIGNS ARCHITECT STUDIOS believes that Architecture is an endless search for perfection of artistic and harmonious arrangement of man and space, with considerations with the built environment, nature, cost and the latest trend value and technology will always be considered, now and beyond.

ADAS Engineering Services


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

PRE-DESIGN SERVICES

At Archian Designs Architect Studio we take pride in our professional image and host a staff that is dedicated to making our designs a reality. We are engaged in all parts of the design creation process, from conceptualizing the architecture design of buildings and spaces to construction management.

ADAS Engineering Services.
ADAS offeres engineering Services that will be integrated to the Architectural Design. The Services are listed below.

  1. Civil Engineering and Structural Services.
  2. Electrical Engineering Services.
  3. Plumbing Engineering Services.
  4. Mechanical Engineering Services.

If you would like to see other Services from our Company, List of Services, or know more about these services, email us through archiandesigns@yahoo.com or call to (034)433 3476.

ARCHIAN DESIGNS ARCHITECT STUDIOS believes that Architecture is an endless search for perfection of artistic and harmonious arrangement of man and space, with considerations with the built environment, nature, cost and the latest trend value and technology will always be considered, now and beyond.

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