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B+A on BBC

May 24, 2018

We are ecstatic to share with you all a short documentary on BBC (yes, BBC!), featuring Ning Encarnacion-Tan and our Chief BAdAss Jason Buensalido, as they share with the world how architecture in the Philippines is morphing to respond to the changing times, while still keeping its identity intact.

From BBC.com:
“It looks shockingly exposed to the elements, but that is by design. The bamboo house, a form that architect Rosario Encarnacion Tan says is “in the DNA” of Filipino life, is strategically open so that high winds from the typhoons that hit the Philippines each year can pass right through. A lack of resistance means a reduced chance of complete destruction, while replacing dislodged bamboo is relatively simple. Sometimes older solutions to ongoing challenges are the best.
For a more modern response to the nearly 20 typhoons that hit the Philippines each year, architect Jason Buensalido created an apartment complex where each balcony has a springy floor that can become a raft for inhabitants to use to paddle to shelter.”

To watch the video, click on the image below or this link!
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180517-the-bamboo-houses-of-the-philippines

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Buensalido+Architects

Sofia Townhomes Revisited

October 30, 2017

We revisited Sofia Townhomes, designed in 2007 and completed in 2009, to observe and enjoy how the people living in it have turned the village into a community and made the houses their own, often adding their touch of personalization to it.

Enjoy the video and the short narrative of Sofia below!

Customizable Layout
We started by interpreting the program into cubes to represent the needed spaces, then sliced these cubes to segregate the service spaces (stairs, toilet and bath, maid’s room) from the main ones (living and dining areas, kitchen, bedrooms). We then pushed some cubes up to create double height spaces in the living area, causing a ripple effect on the cubes above and beside it. During this process, interstitial spaces emerged and created opportunities to integrate lofts all throughout the interior of the house. This effectively increased the useable floor area of the otherwise compact row house. These loft spaces could also be expanded to create even larger spaces, such as additional closets or bedrooms. We were happy to see that during the build, a lot of homeowners personalized their units in their own ways, some we didn’t even think of. The sequence and relationship of the spaces had become a perfect canvas to customize the entire house according to their liking.

Keeping it Light and Right
After establishing the spaces, we were left with a number of stacked cubes that seemed to be in a disarray. We addressed this by wrapping a continuous architectural frame around the stacked cubes to visually organize the composition, then skewed these frames towards the street to visually engage the onlooker. We did the same to the firewalls that separate each unit from another, resulting in a “winged architecture” that effectively funnels in wind through the interior spaces and lets it escape out the opposite windows. Massive windows allowed an abundance of natural light to flood the insides, but kept the heat out with wide canopies and eaves. These steps ensure minimal energy consumption as there would be a less need to turn on artifical lighting and cooling.

The Polygon House

June 18, 2017

We are glad to share a recent video about Polygon House with you. A project that went thru a few revisions during the design stage and some challenges during construction, the end result made the whole process worth-it, and we would do it all over again. It wasn’t easy but someone once said that nothing easy is ever worth pursuing.

“‘The way a space is used varies from person to person, so how come most shells we see are either cubes, rectilinear, or orthogonal?’ he asks.”

“Buensalido kickstarted the design process by studying the voids or spaces in which the users would live and move. The house would then take form by wrapping or encapsulating these voids.”

“Three cubes representing each floor were stacked, their planar surfaces broken down into a series of smaller polygons. These polygons now make it easier for the shell to adjust and adapt to the void, as it allowed the volume to be “folded” into shape dictated by how the spaces within will be used.”

“Where the interiors are concerned, the process created practical and aesthetically pleasing spaces for its users. By breaking down the volumes into a series of polygons, the team designated solid and transparent portions for the cladding depending on the clients’ requests.”

” ‘Just because a house’s form differs from what you expect, doesn’t mean it doesn’t function as one. The shell has less importance than the void,’ says Buensalido”

(* excerpts from a recent feature in BluPrint magazine.)

Cocoon-Do on Interior Motives

October 15, 2016

In 2015, Our Chief Design Ambassador welcomed Interior Motives (shown in Channel 23( in Cocoon-Do, and shares how he applied Contemporary Filipino Design in the project.

As seen in http://lifestyle.abs-cbn.com/videos/169/design-tips-easy-ways-to-filipinize-your-homes-interiors/

Considering making traditional Filipino houses such as bahay kubo and bahay na bato as design inspirations for your abode? In this Interior Motives segment, Architect Jason Buensalido shares his insights on how using traditional Filipino houses as pegs for their projects can benefit even the modern Filipino:

1. There’s that homey feel. Buensalido explains that since traditional Filipino houses make use of natural materials, they’re way more cozy.

2. They can unify spaces. Citing “Project Banig” as an example, Buensalido took cues from the banig to create a wall-to-ceiling element that seamlessly unifies the living room with the bedroom. Such peg is perfect for those who have to work with limited space.

3. They give character. While one cannot expect perfect woodwork or stonework, the variations produced by natural materials emit a sense of authenticity, making each area in any home more unique and personal.

 

 

 

TV producer-realtor believes an unsinkable home is a ‘smart’ one

October 8, 2016

by Tessa R. Salazar, as seen in Inquirer and www.inquirer.net on September 10, 2016

John Aguilar is out to prove a point when he decided to build a “flood-responsive” house right smack in a flood-prone city.

The Philippine Realty TV executive producer is all too familiar with Marikina City’s notorious river and the floodwater spilling from its banks during the monsoon season. In 2009, “Typhoon Ondoy” caused record flooding in the city and neighboring areas, inundating the homes of his relatives.

Soon afterward, Aguilar then came up with the idea of building a flood-responsive home that would showcase a design that could be adaptable to flood-prone parts of Metro Manila. That idea was dubbed “Project: Smart Home.” The realization of that idea is a 5-door townhouse, with a floating carport and the so-called Regenerative Amphibious Floating Terrace (RAFT).

“The entire 5-door townhouse has typhoon-adaptive elements (raised house design, insulated walls), but only the model unit at the center has the floatable carport and detachable balcony raft,” Aguilar told Inquirer Property.

Each Smart Home consists of a three-floor townhome. The first floor has space for cars, a covered portion that can be converted into a storage area or a place to entertain guests, a small pocket garden, and the stairs leading to the main entryway of the home. Instead of a communal area at the second floor, the bedrooms are located here, while the living room, dining and kitchen areas are on the top floor.

Estimated cost

Aguilar told Inquirer Property that the estimated cost to build the smart home would be P20,000/sqm, excluding the floatable carport, detachable balcony and solar panels.

Aguilar revealed: “So, the cost comes out the same with traditionally built homes. We only have the special flood adaptive features for the model unit. The cost of the floatable carport, including the metal platform and guide rails, comes out to P500,000. This is a bit high due to the experimentation cost, plus the fact that we only built one, so we do not have economies of scale. We tested it out in the Marikina River to see if it was ‘flood worthy,’ using sandbags and our own weight to approximate the weight of a small SUV.”

The test was successful, and now the townhouse is “100-percent complete and for sale.”

“As a pocket developer, I believe it makes sense to promote the Smart Home now during the rainy season, as it is meant to be a solution to floods,” Aguilar added.

Aguilar’s team partnered with Buensalido + Architects to help develop the “bahay kubo” concept on which the Smart Home is based.

“Since the first floors are the first to go underwater when floodwaters rise, we made sure that the Smart Home is designed to start from the second floor up,” explained Aguilar.

“The open space of the communal area (at the 3rd floor) is where those who are stranded can stay together while waiting for rescue,” he added.

Aguilar said these areas are “usually where most expensive appliances and electronics, like the TV and refrigerator, is kept, so keeping it on the top-most floor safeguards it best from severe floods.

“One of the problems we noticed during Ondoy was that people who were stranded on their roofs had no access to food and water. With the kitchen on the topmost floor, stranded residents will still have access to food and water.”

Amphibious terrace

The floating carport consists of a platform that a car rolls onto in the parking area. When flood comes in, this platform is designed to float, with the car on top. The RAFT, on the other hand, is a floating balcony connected to the second level. It can be detached from the entire structure and float should floodwaters rise, thus helping residents escape to safety.

“Through ‘Project: Smart Home,’ we found a way to integrate the idea of flotation platforms to existing parts of the home to come up with a climate-adaptive real estate property model that effectively responds to a rapidly changing world,” Aguilar stressed.

Aside from the floating mechanisms and some clever repositioning, Aguilar also used panel systems containing an EPS core—more commonly known as Styrofoam—to insulate the Smart Home from the heat of direct sunlight, allowing the structure to retain a generally cooler indoor temperature akin to that of an icebox. Solar panels and LED lighting were also used to keep the house’s carbon footprint to a minimum.

“What we’re doing with the project is that we’re injecting technology and innovation into home designs, using these out-of-the-box ideas to help make homes in the country more flood and climate-responsive,” said Aguilar.

“We can’t wait to see how homes across the Philippines can adopt our ideas, and see this kind of change affect the country’s responsiveness to drastic changes in our climate,” he added.

Read more: http://business.inquirer.net/214727/tv-producer-realtor-believes-an-unsinkable-home-is-a-smart-one#ixzz4KzGty6G7

Preview’s Creative IT List

October 6, 2016

We are proud to share that Design Ambassadors and two out of the three partners of Buensalido+Architects are part of this year’s Creative It List! Read about it below.

“Architects Nikki and Ems are two of the three partners that run Buensalido+Architects, with the collective purpose to contemporize Filipino architecture thru progressive and contemporary propositions that are always coupled with authenticity, preservation of sense of place, and respect for context.

Both graduating with honors (Nikki is a magna cum laude and Ems is a cum laude), they are no stranger to excellence, which they naturally apply in running the firm, constantly finding ways to evolve. Part of this is to ensure a culture of collaboration, where design democracy is practiced and a multiplicityf ideas is produced with their teams, in the end being narrowed down through the sifting process of design thinking. Almost like curators of the firm’s design solutions, they always ensure that any proposition of the firm addresses the basic parameters of a project (such as function, budget, and practicalitywhile ensuring that their structures would inspire, lift the spirit, and give hope. This stems from their personal optimism and belief in a better future, a belief that they share with others thru their architecture.

They extract the metaphysical aspects of the Filipino culture and decipher how it can be applied in architecture. Summed up as “Four Points of Philippine Culture in Architecture”, these are : Responsive Vernacular Models (the babahayubo and the bahay-na-bato), Weaving, Personalization, and Weaving. As a team, constantly cross-checking and challenging each other’s thoughts, they have helped develop a stringent process, half intuitive and half scientific, that ensures that all of their projects express these four points of the filipino culture in varying degrees. They believe that thru this authenticity and honesty about cultural identity, that our cities will eventually be able to offer a unique urban experience that flaunt local flavor in a contemporary way, something that can only be felt in the Philippines.”

 

 

30 Design Leaders

October 5, 2016

Sharing with you when we were featured in Metro Home as on of 30 Design Leaders in the country. What an honor!

“Known for his fresh and progressive concepts on Philippine Design,  Jason Buensalido of the firm Buensalido Architects, contemporizes Philippine architecture, brething new life into traditional methods. His projects cause positive change by uplifting the local design scene while infusing Filipino values – optimism, personalization and participation, a weaving of mixed identities, and responsive vernacular models – into his work.”

 

Snippets from B+Abble

June 12, 2016

Hello friends of B+A!

We just wanted to share with you snippets of what happened during our last B+Abble, held at A Space Palet Express along Pasong Tamo in Makati, last May 28, 2016.

B+Abble is a self-initiated series of talks on Contemporary Philippine Architecture and Design. Our aim is to share our thoughts on how we and our collaborators use innovative, unique, and progressive thinking to ensure the relevant evolution of Philippine Architecture and Design.  We aim for culture and identity of the Filipino to be reflected in our spaces and environment, an experience that is distinctly and uniquely our own and can never be experienced in any other part of the world. We hope that by doing this, we inspire others and hopefully get them to join our crusade in securing the future of the state of design in our country.

The last B+Abble was a well attended event, as it was opened to anyone who was interested in design. We had B+Abblers from different walks of life – fellow architects, corporate offices, interior designers, landscape architects, graphic designers, students, businessmen, entrepreneurs, and property developers.

Our speakers this year were an interesting group of design-related professionals coming from different backgrounds: Kris Abrigo (visual arts), Vince Lim (landscape architecture), Ems Eliseo (architecture), Ric Gindap (branding and strategy), and Jason Buensalido (architecture).

Enjoy the pictures! For the B+Abblers who were there, feel free to share! For those who weren’t able to make it, we hope to see you in the next one!

Our dashing and beautiful Design Ambassadors welcome our guests at the registration table

Arch Nikki Boncan-Buensalido opens B+Abble with a prayer, along with our youngest B+Abbler, Annika Buensalido

Our host, Samantha Sales of Dreamlist, welcomes our B+Abblers and officially opens the Talks!

Vince Lim spoke about the state of Landscape Architecture in our country, and how "malasakit" is integrated in BCL Asia's company values and designs.

Kris Abrigo revealed how he is drawn to architecture, and how he integrates its elements in his art.

Ems Eliseo (B+A VP for Operations) asks how one defines beauty and its relevance to design.

Jason Buensalido closes by asking "What is the future of Philippine Architecture and Design?"

BluPrint EIC Judith Torres

Edna Del Rosario of Isla Palma Resort and Jardin De Miramar

B+Abblers.

And even MORE B+Abblers!

Our speakers. From them and from the B+A Design Ambassadors - Thank you for coming!

 

We hope to see you at the next B+Abble!

The event wouldn’t have been possible without our fantastic speakers, B+A Design Ambassadors,  A Space Palet Express (venue),  Design For Tomorrow (graphic design),  Chris Yuhico (photography); and our past and new B+ABBLERS!

Thank you to our supporters Spurway Enterprises and Filipinas Paint.

Modern Living TV (Current State of Philippine Architecture)

September 26, 2015

Our Chief Design Ambassador, Jason Buensalido, was invited by Modern Living TV (A PhilStar Show on ANC), to share his thought son the current state of Philippine Architecture, what he and his firm are doing to improve it, and how they applied their principles in a recently completed project.

Our book, ‘Random Responses’, even has a cameo appearance!