113A was designed to work around two requirements. First, it is a family home, and so it had to be designed accordingly. Second, that this home address our tropical conditions.
One of the biggest considerations that you have to take when building something in the tropics is how it’s going to hold up against intense tropical weather. Hot and humid, the tropical clime can be quite enervating for people who live in houses not designed for this type of climate. Primarily, the house’s segmented layout addressed the issue by maximizing cross ventilation, orienting the structure to catch the Tropical Trade Winds. Pocket gardens incorporated in the design serve several purposes including increasing cross ventilation and heat dissipation through increased fenestrations and surface area. Also the house’s roofing is laid out to shield from direct sunlight keeping radiant heat gain at a minimum.
The more important aspect of the design was that it was decisively for family living. Spaces were articulated with one purpose in mind and that was to produce the “heart” of the house which adjoins the entertainment area to the dining room. Distinct spaces that are not separated by physical divisions encourage family interaction and means that different members, doing different things, in different spaces can still interact with each other.
Modern design can often give off the impression of distance and indifference so focused on bridging that gap for a family who wanted their space to be warm and homey a lot of salvaged wood from antique homes was used. A combination of indigenous materials, like capiz, and natural finishes, like unglazed floor tiles, coupled with the practical aesthetics of modern design makes this interpretation of Asian Modern Tropical design distinctly Filipino.