Pinoy architect designs Project Silungan – a bahay kubo-inspired structure for students’ learning activities this pandemic

Image courtesy of Jeffrey Evangelista Dela Cruz
  • A Filipino designer came up with an ingenious plan crafted for students who need a conducive learning space for their activities
  • The design was declared as the grand prize winner in a recent architectural design competition
  • The spacious interior plus the provision of a sufficient free-flowing airflow align to the strict health protocols being implemented during the COVID pandemic

Amid the pandemic, an award-winning young Filipino architect has found ways to provide an innovative structural design for students, especially in remote areas.

Image via Jeffrey Evangelista Dela Cruz | Facebook

Jeffrey Evangelista Dela Cruz didn’t just make another masterpiece but his design is the grand prize winner of the “Barangay Mobile Classroom”; an architectural design competition organized by the UAP Bataan Peninsulares Chapter last December 16, 2020 as part of the World Architecture Day.

He named his design Project Silungan which was inspired by his original creation, Project Silong; a resting place for farmers. The structure has a triangular-shaped body derived from the traditional Filipino house, bahay kubo. It consists of 2 levels wherein the second level is ideal for storage.

The design principles cover balance and repetition. The three corner shape gives it stability while the massing makes it resilient to wind, rain and other factors that can affect the structure. The repetitive design panels, joints, and cuts make the construction process easy and fast. In fact, 5 laborers can assemble it in just 9 days.

Image via Jeffrey Evangelista Dela Cruz | Facebook

Moreover, Project Silungan features sustainability by using raw materials readily available in the country. Bamboo is mainly used for poles and walling elements. Wood blocks are utilized for connections and nipa for roofing. Its base is made of concrete.

Project Silungan provides sufficient ventilation because of its high-pitched roof pulling hot air upwards. Large eaves inhibit direct exposure to sunlight and provide good shade as well.

The structure allows you to make multiple modules so that learners can have different spaces for various activities.

Its spacious style and better airflow than enclosed structures make it an ideal architectural plan that conforms to the health protocols at this time of COVID. Project Silungan encourages learning to continue with its design with a purpose.

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Aside from Project Silungan, architect dela Cruz earlier created Project Baluto; an amphibious house which is a solution to flood-prone areas in the Philippines. For this design, he became a finalist at the LEXUS Design Award 2019 in Milan, Italy. It also earned him a grand prize at the Projeto Manila 2018 iat the SMX Convention Center, Pasay.

Dela Cruz is the proprietor of Istilo and is affiliated with the Phinma, University of Pangasinan, Faculty. If you are interested to know more about the design or you want to contact him for your projects, you may visit his FB account or his FB page, Istilo.