Tagum House, Philippines
Design for a family house on a plot in the Philippines, a location subject to earthquakes, floods, termites and mosquitoes. A courtyard form raised above flood level gives privacy and shelter, with staggered upper and lower floors to create roof terrace, carport and shaded entrance.

Working with traditional materials and technologies (which today include site-welded lattice frames and concrete block), the building language answers the commercial western-derived models in the locality. The design features terraced verandahs with bamboo-faced mesh screens to keep the mosis at bay, and the solid parts of facades are bamboo clad blockwork with opening parts at windows giving a filigree appearance. The whole form is therefore enclose-able in a single wrapping. Internally the spaces are as open as possible for ventilation, whilst the upper bed "rooms" could simply be an open deck. Design 2014.