Arch. Nestor Arabejo shares their winning entry to the Green Architecture Competition, Ang Pinakamagandang Bahay a Balat ng Lupa. Exhibit is still on until October 18, 2009 at the University of the Philippines Theater Lobby.
ANG PINAKAMAGANDANG BAHAY SA BALAT NG LUPA
Arch, Nestor Arabejo, Arch. Rowena Ramos and Engr. Bert Peteers (Industrial Engineering and Permaculture Design Expert)
The design competition challenged the design team to strive for the highest sustainable tropical design possible within its budget. A "less is more" mind-set drove the design team. Only essential elements remain in the finished structures. Only 40% of EcoKubo's gross floor area (GFA) is totally enclosed with walls. 60% of the house has one or two walls open to the outside for views, natural daylight and ventilation. The indigenous traditional "bahay kubo" uses a space outside the "kubo" to receive guests. The EcoKubo follows this tradition by having a space for this social activity "outdoors". The modest project budget is the primary reason the team considered using a rice straw bale system, a bamboo reinforced concrete system, bamboo screens and bamboo slats flooring for all social areas.
EcoKubo's main sustainable design objective is for the house to be a vital part of the site's ecosystem. It also aims to achieve net-Zero water and net-Zero energy efficiencies. EcoKubo was designed to follow the varied life patterns of the dwellers, from the entrance ramp for handicap accessibility to the adaptable sleeping areas.