NPYDA 2014 - Philippine Edition
Nippon Young Designer Awards (NPYDA) is an annual architectural and interior design competition sponsored by Nippon Paint for aspiring architects and designers to show their creativity in planning and designing.
You are given 10 acres of land to RE:Think RE:Create the ideal future living community. This is the chance for you to be bold in pushing the boundaries of design in creating the community of your dreams. Design a community layout that you would want to live in stating the concept of your community. Then, select a building/structure in your designed community to focus on to design in detail. You are to show in your presentation boards how this building/structure incorporates innovative yet sustainable designs that not only enhances the outlook of the community but also improves the living conditions of the residences in your dream community, giving them a better quality of life for the future.
An example: You may design a community which includes a school, hospital, housing area and a university. State the concept of why you have placed all these buildings in the community and what makes this community unique compared to other communities that you have seen. Then, select a building/structure to design in more detail. In this case, it may be the university. Your presentation boards must then show in more detail the design of the university, ensuring that you fulfil the requirements stated in the judging criteria.
MY DESIGN STATEMENT:
"There’s no place like home." Focusing on quality of life starts at home and I understand that it is the most important structure in human life seeing that it binds a family or memories into one space. It doesn't matter if it's an individual housing, complex, skyscraper or a community as long as it is a place where people can live with happiness and contentment, that is the absolute meaning of quality of life. I choose to have a community where people will be focused on learning through the environment in place of a typical community we mostly found in the urban centers. Individuals will be able to grasp on how to be independent with nature - Planting vegetables rather than buying it and walking or cycling to go to places rather than by car.
“So near and yet so far.” By isolating the building footprint from the soil, this will allow the natural habitat in the area to grow while allowing human activities to work at the same time. The design does not only benefit the quality living but also favor the prosperity of the environment. These two aspects are important to work together to achieve harmony and balance.
The concept of the design deeply relies with the setting of the surrounding since nature and modern community can manage to work together in an area without disrupting each other by knowing their strength and weaknesses that can help improve the quality of life at the same time preserves the natural ecosystem. It was already proven by the ancestors of the Ifugaos when they built the rice terraces to improve their quality of life with harmony to the nature of the mountain side.
To be able to adapt to nature is what gives me the inspiration to choose the color scheme for this project. To camouflage the structure as to give respect and not overwhelm the heritance of the rice terraces.
The project's environmental approach shows on the form of the structure making use of natural cycle in establishing a sustainable and alternative power source that will not consume waste energy that might harm the environment and ruin the quality of life of people but rather help in taking care of the environment while enhancing the life of diversified set of individuals.