Innovative, sustainable living design for Filipino families

Property developer PHINMA Properties recently recognized the housing proposals of nine teams from the Architecture Program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in a competition.

The entries were screened based on their compliance with the innovation, buildability, ecological and sustainability impact, functionality aesthetics and class requirements. The participants were trained under the mentorship of educator Architect Jojo Gutierrez.

Project Mayumi, crafted by Thea Florez, Yvonne Paez, Louise Pitoy and James Tan, clinched the first prize for the 125 sqm category. It featured an extensive green roof and panels covered with vegetation, which had filter and drain layers, root barriers, waterproof membrane and insulation.

Project Likas by Helena De Villa, Allen Dichupa, Klyara Encarnado and Mark Villanueva finished second place. It showcased the use of high-quality carbon steel for anti-corrosion and a rainwater aggregation system for gardening and storage.

Project Hiliugyon by Kate Cosadio, Krishna De Guzman, Hanna Holganza and Angeline Mapanao landed third. It encapsulated the rich craftsmanship of the Kalinga weave styles in the partitions and screens. It also highlighted adaptability and efficiency through its Bambooverde, which functioned as a vertical locavore farm and sound absorber.

Project Yugtuan, designed by Gwyneth Ardiente, Carl Cas, Gabe Jingco and Angelica Tiu, was hailed the top for 80 sqm division. It installed rotating bamboo windows and solar roof shingles to absorb the sun’s rays and convert them into electricity.

Project Muni by Alexander Labrador, Renee Lombos, Stephanie Pingol and Sophie Sy placed second. It had sun buffers, a wind-chill effect through terracotta brick louvers, a functional parcel delivery gate for safety and privacy and a bamboo rain catchment.

Project Diwang of Andre Estopen, Sidney Go, William Guido and Brian Razon was also acknowledged for third through its isometric and detailed metal blinds, ventilation blocks and grey water collection tank.

Esquenita by Maria De Chavez, Arisander Ocena and Juaquin Pineda led the major distinction for the 50 sqm classification. It embodied Filipino culture through Capiz shell panes and an open space on the ground floor and garden, for the spirit of communal unity among neighboring communities.

Maria and Ibarra by Jericho Abogado, Alessandra Infante, Irwin Soriano and Dianne Aquino came second. It represented the simplicity of the local heritage with effective fresh air circulation and raindrop-gathered sections through its pipes and walls.

Angkan by Fritzie Cigres, Joeue Hamangal, Ivran Sanchez and Zhonrich Ting, in third, promoted eco-friendly practices through its folded brise soleil with recycled wooden hangers and vertical balcony lawns.