A Bamboo Resort In The Philippines
Over the years since we’ve launched Bamboo U we have seen students join us from all around the world. Many join with the intention of starting their own bamboo project. We have seen bamboo education centres, play spaces, bamboo eco-hotels and restaurants being built all over the world as a result of students joining Bamboo U. In this article we feature the work of architect Marvin Mariñas from the Philippines who joined Bamboo U in May 2019. After which he began the design and development of a bamboo resort in the Philippines and a personal project designing and building the Alhibe Farm Café. In this article we share Marvin’s process for designing and building one of the structures in the resort called the ‘Dorm Villa’ part of the resort Wooloo Philippines.
I am an Architect from Cebu, Philippines and together with my life partner Sheryl, an Interior Designer, we started a boutique design firm M+S Studio Co. Over the years we’ve designed many structures together. More recently, we have begun to incorporate sustainable and green designs into our projects. We are passionate about permaculture and wellness, and after attending the Permaculture Design Course at The Kul Kul Farm in September of 2018, we were inspired to develop our very own small farm & camping accommodation in our hometown of Carmen. We are passionate about combining the love for design with sustainable living.
We have always had a great affinity to bamboo. It is embedded in our culture. Since we were young, we’ve seen bamboo being used for simple house construction and basic everyday use. However, we lacked the technical bamboo building knowledge and expertise. For this reason, I was inspired to join Bamboo U.
Developing Concept Sketches and the Concept Model for the Dorm Villa.
The ‘Dorm Villa’ of Wooloo Resort is a 40sqm bamboo structure designed to accommodate groups of up to 12 travellers and backpackers. The design of the villa is inspired by nature’s elements. The leaf roof concept was inspired by the bamboo villas in Bali which capture a resort-feel while being close and open to the natural elements.
The Final Structural Model and Computer Renderings
Sourcing and Treating Bamboo
The most common bamboo species used in the Philippines for construction are Dendrocalamus asper and Bambusa blumeana, and these are the species we decided to use for this project. Both species can be used for structural elements and aesthetic, decorative elements.
We sourced our treated bamboo from Kawayan Collective (@kawayancollective); a local treatment facility which is operated by another Bamboo U Alumni. We had the material shipped to Cebu from Negros Island.
Architect from Cebu, Philippines, and together with his life-partner Sheryl, an Interior Designer, they started a boutique design firm, named M+S Studio Co.
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