ISLA PALMA @ Jardin De Miramar – under construction
April 18, 2012
Jardin De Miramar is a three-hectare complex in Antipolo that houses multiple garden-like venues for parties, weddings, events, and different functions. Among these unique venues are an outdoor space with a re-constructed 50-year-old fishing boat, a replica of Intramuros (where a lot of pre-nup photoshoots are held), a bahay kubo-inspired thatched pavillion, and Casa Santa – a museum of over 3000 Santa Claus figurines and statues. Within the complex are artwork by the likes of Ed Castrillo, Michael Cacnio, and Reg Yuson.
We were commissioned to design its newest event venue that would hold about 300 – 350 people and would revolve around a swimming pool to create a water-themed structure.
The first time we visited the site, we were struck by two main things: the vertical rhythm that the coconut trees on site made, and the ever-changing pattern of shadows that their foliage created. We used these cues from nature to give shape to our structure. Dubbed as an “eco-tectonic imprint”, our proposed pavilion simply became an architectural translation of emergent patterns of nature that moved us as we absorbed the characteristics of the place.