Casa de Torre

ARCHITECTURE AS A TOOL FOR TOGETHERNESS.
Shared moments with the family provide positive experiences and play an important role in building a solid foundation within the household, all of which have lifelong effects.
A family’s home is not only seen as a basic need but as a resource to deepen connections and strengthen family ties as well.
Situated in the quiet town of Asturias, Cebu, this project is foreseen as a vacation home for a family of seven. Prior to planning, the architects have experienced the charming rawness of the site and took the opportunity to use various site elements and incorporate it into the whole user-experience of the proposal while being mindful of its impact to the environment in all design stages.
TOOL 1: CLIENT AS STAKEHOLDERS
As the key decision makers, the clients’ desire for the home to be sustainable is pivotal for a greener and better place for the users and its neighborhood. Architecture can always find its way to work with the natural environment, not the other way around.
TOOL 2: WATER IS LIFE
Across the globe there are a number of countries struggling with clean water, conserving it is more relevant than ever. Water is a life giving resource, everything depends on it. Rainwater is collected from the roofs to their storage tanks which can be harvested manually, taking advantage of the natural terrain.
TOOL 3: STAY CLOSE TO NATURE
Respect for the environment always starts off by loving and appreciating it. The project treats the outdoor spaces as venues for bonding and creating memories.  The beach and the shore are already great venues for these but other than what’s already present, al fresco dining, gardening and a camp fire place are provided to encourage spending more time outdoors.
TOOL 4: HARNESSING SITE ELEMENTS
Existing natural site conditions are always revered. With strategically located fenestrations and decks, the ocean-front setting is highlighted with large operable sliding front doors, maximizing views, sunlight and indoor air quality. The use of skylights allow for the large tree canopies to cast beautiful shadows which cradles your inner soul like a lullaby.
TOOL 5: TREADING LIGHTLY ON EARTH
The use of stilts expresses the desire to be able to touch the Earth lightly. There is less disturbance on site and as much as possible, the natural terrain of the site is being preserved. Having the structures elevated would also allow for more permeable surfaces that would naturally absorb water and be places for flora and fauna to thrive.
TOOL 6: WASTE FLOW MINDFULNESS 
It is important to address waste flow early on, to ensure that both human and construction waste do not reach the ocean and penetrate the ground. Standard sizes were used as much as possible in the design and planning stages to avoid any material wastage later on in the execution. Designated areas for household waste are integrated into the site as well.

Appointment: 2019

Lot Area: 1600 sqm

Building Footprint: ~1%

Impervious Surface Area: ~23%

Unpaved Surface Area: ~97%

GFA: 211 sqm

Height: 10 m

Location: Asturias, Cebu

Status: Construction phase

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