SENSORY IMMERSION THROUGH FORMAL MANIPULATION
LOCATION CALAMBA, LAGUNA, PHILIPPINES
With a stunning view of the Mount Makiling, the hot spring resort development would serve as a respite from the hustle and bustle of the Metro.
Dictated by climate sensitive strategies, the design created a tropical design aesthetic through careful space planning and material explorations.
The resort is comprised of two villas juxtaposed in a single envelope: a singular gesture to the tropical thatch roof prevalent in the Southeast Asian region. However, the
Finished with wood, concrete, steel, and glass, the resort maintains an aesthetic of simplicity and privacy. Perforated metal screens, whose pattern were derived from the foliage of the Frangipani tree, act as shading devices for the villas. They also create a kaleidoscopic visual abstraction of the surrounding vistas.
CASA TROPICA thus creates a venue for sensory immersion – achieving a sense of place through an architecture of sensitivity.