I was currently doing my thesis entitled Sulyap sa Kasaysayan: Santa Ana – A Proposed Heritage Center for Santa Ana.
While I was thinking of a good concept, I tried to roam around and I find Bahay na Bato (stone house) to be a suitable design concept.
So here’s why I think the concept of bahay na bato is a good design solution for a museum here in Santa Ana:
Santa Ana is under a heritage zone, thus, a lot of considerations must be taken into account in order to suffice the heritage requirements of the site.
Ancestral House – Bahay na Bato
Santa Ana has a lot of ancestral houses within the vicinity. A Bahay na Bato will be able to portray the design of houses surrounding Santa Ana, thus preserving the heritage of the identified place. Bahay na Bato represents the design solutions applicable to the tropical climate in Manila. It will also be able to utilize the natural energy, at the same time, prepare for the nature’s unexpected catastrophe.
Here are some of the characteristics of a Bahay na Bato:
1. Disaster Resilient Design
Bahay na bato has two parts: the bottom which is made out of stone; and the upper floors made out of wood. It is more stable with strength that can withstand strong winds and low magnitude earthquakes.
2. Natural Cooling Technique
On the ground floor, thick high thermal mass walls are used to keep the interior cooler, which is ideal for storage.
3. Utilizing Natural Light
On the upper floors, recessed sections allow daylight to reach deep into the interior.
4. Proper Orientation with Sun Shade Solutions
Wooden shutters are located at the west and effectively control late afternoon sun and offer privacy. Clear or smoked glazing provides subdued day lighting. Deep overhangs provide ample shade for the windows.
5. Aesthetical Considerations
Colored glass transom provides a colorful play of interior light.
Hopefully my prof would approve of this. 😀 Any thoughts? Maybe you could help me with my thesis. 🙂