Posts filed under "Project Progress"

#BAhindTheScenes with Nostalji Enclave

May 28, 2018

#BAhindTheScenes is a series of posts about our practice, that focuses less about the architecture per se, but about the clients that instigate it, people who use and experience it, the ones behind its realization, and the community that co-exists with it. With this, we hope to share with you stories behind the architecture that we have been privileged to be part of.

This video is a series of testimonials about the amenities we designed for Nostalji Enclave, a residential community in Paliparan, Cavite. For amenities in residential neighborhoods, we make sure that it should be always about connecting — whether it’s with your family, friends, or neighbors — the larger goal is to foster a sense of community.

We thought of a place of convergence, open and inviting on all sides, as if luring in and magnetizing the residents to come to this centrally located clubhouse to share moments with each other, to connect on a personal level. As much as architecture is about physicality, space, and feelings, we believe that it must put people first. Architecture must be a means to uplift ways of living and improve society thru encouraging connections with various scales of community. It must be created sustainably so as not to degrade nature, but in fact should enhance it even more for future generations to enjoy. The greater good must be it’s greatest cause.

 

D House : Client Testimonials

May 24, 2018

We imagined a “Home of Beautiful Ironies” — allowing contrasting dichotomies of the users’ micro-culture and the unique sense of place of the site to shape and dictate the process which inevitably manifested in a tangible form.

A house that is moulded by the complexities of specific context, confidently not dependent on market-driven ideas, and one that is able to stand on its’ own two feet.
A house that is progressive and one that hopes to widen people’s perception of what a house should be and could be.
A house that reflects the owner’s personalities and passions, abstracted and imprinted in the house’s aesthetic and spatial organization.
A house that is forward looking, which is designed not just for the past (heritage) and present, but with the future in mind too.

Sharing with you one of our recently completed B+A Homes, D House.

 

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

Send us your thoughts  at design@buensalidoarchitects.com

Keep B+Abbling!

Cheers,
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

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!

 

 

 

 

Buensalido Architects launches Random Responses, sparks movement for Filipino architecture

March 29, 2015

Buensalido Architects may only be on its eighth year, but the architectural, interior, and urban design laboratory has already built a formidable resume of projects that show off its distinct design flair, and the launch of its book Random Responses only added to the firm’s string of contributions to the industry as it aims to contemporize Filipino architecture.

Held October 28, 2014 as a cocktail event at the Main Lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the launch of Random Responses solidified Buensalido Architects’ mission to instigate change in the country’s design industry.

Hosted by Issa Litton, the affair brought together Buensalido Architects’ industry friends and distinguished clients. Principal Architect and Chief Design Ambassador Jason Buensalido, wife and Associate Architect Nikki Boncan-Buensalido, and VP for Operations Ems Eliseo led the team as they welcomed some of the event’s guests, which included Ces Drilon, Julius and Tintin Babao, Ed and Dinti Tuviera, Atty. Charito Planas, Artist Leeroy New, Joseph and Stenie Tay, and Daniel and Monica dela Cruz.

Also joining the firm in celebration were Architects Manny Illaña and Rommel De Guzman of Ayala Land, Ric Gindap of Design For Tomorrow Branding Consultancy, Mike Marquez of Evermount Construction, Tony Tuviera, Direk Mike Tuviera, and Jojo Oconer of APT Studios, and CCP’s Tess Rances and Nes Jardin, who received the book for CCP.

A compendium of the firm’s past, future, built, unbuilt, small, and large scale projects, Random Responses is Buensalido Architects’ “love letter” for Philippine architecture, which the firm believes still holds great relevance amidst the newer, more foreign architectural styles in vogue today.

Random Responses is our call to fellow Filipino architects, designers, and creatives to spark an architectural revolution, one that brings back the glory of Filipino architecture as exemplified by the bahay kubo and the bahay na bato,” said Principal Architect and Chief Design Ambassador Jason Buensalido. “We believe that by applying contemporary materials and methods, we can enliven Filipino architecture to make it appealing and competitive in the current times, despite the prevalence of newer and more foreign design styles.”

A special exhibit which included some of the works featured in the book, as well as a special book signing for guests by Architect Jason Buensalido capped of the event.

The Random Responses Book Launch and Exhibit was made possible in part by general contractors and Buensalido + Architects collaborators Evermount Construction Corporation and Perfect Dimension Corporation.

Random Responses: A Crusade to Contemporize Filipino Architecture is available for purchase through email: design@buensalidoarchitects.com. For further inquiries, please contact +632 478.3445. The book will be available in bookstores beginning second quarter of 2015.

PMBBL on Green Living, ANC

August 19, 2014

One of the first competitions we joined was the “Pinakamagandang Bahay Sa Balat Ng Lupa” Competition way back in 2009, which was launched by Lafarge Cement Philippines and the University of the Philippines College of Architecture. A national open competition, it  challenged Filipino architects to submit blueprints featuring new concepts of what makes a magandang bahay (beautiful house) that takes into account adaptability to the local climate and lifestyle, while keeping the cost to build relatively low. Out of 79 entries, we won and bested the other firms with a design reflecting the Filipino’s creative spirit.

It was a long journey before we actually saw our concept in fruition. There were a lot of administrative problems between the organizers (Lafarge was to donate the structure to UP, who owns the land) as far as who was going to handle and manage the project, finances, etc, among other things. But in November 2013, we finally broke ground for the project with our partners (Lafarge, U.P. Diliman, Wilcon Builders, Icon Builders, among others)

Finally, in June 2014, after a quick 4 months of construction, we finally inaugurated the building along with the stakeholders and prime movers of the project. Sharing with you guys a TV feature of the event, as seen on Green Living, on Channel ANC (ABS CBN News Channel).

Enjoy!

Here’s a link to an article in 2009 about our winning entry. – Philippine Star Article in 2009

Here’s an article of the inauguration in Business Mirror Newspaper.

And a link to Lafarge’s website explaining the competition. La Farge Website Article