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House DL15 - Modern Three Story Residential Building

Project: House DL15 Year: 2015 Floor Area: 440 m ² Lot Area: 363 m ² A modern three-story house in Cebu City draws inspiration from Modern Scandinavian and Bauhaus designs. The house's layout was designed to maximize the steep downhill slope while minimizing excavation to the existing terrain.  The house has an open floor plan layout that connects the living, dining, and kitchen area into one open space. Upon entering the foyer, a double-height ceiling in the living room is the first thing you see. Large sliding windows and doors engulf the interior with natural light. The sliding doors in the dining area and kitchen connect the interior to the terrace, increasing the ground floor's usable floor area. All the bedrooms are on the second floor, and each bedroom has its bathroom. The lower ground floor has a large lanai with a dining and living area. The ground floor covers the lanai, which provides a spacious outdoor space protected from the heat and weather. The lanai is open on

Green Architecture the Next Generation of Building Design

After watching the inconvenient truth on HBO, I realized how fragile our environment was. The decisions we are making right now have a significant impact on the future of our environment. As an architect, I promised myself that I would use my profession to do part and be part of the solution. A show from the National Geographic Channel, which featured environmentally friendly buildings, inspired me to incorporate green design into my projects.

Some cities are adopting green architecture to enhance the conditions of their surroundings. The City of Chicago has chosen to turn its City Hall roof into a colorful roof garden. The roof garden provides ample insulation and reduces the reflected heat from the roof.

Another stunning green structure I remembered from college is the Commerzbank in Frankfurt, Germany. Award-winning architect Lord Norman Foster-designed the building. What makes this tower unique are the nine extensive sky gardens on different floors of the building. This project reminds me of a modern hanging garden that is both beautiful and practical.

The future of architecture is the implementation of environmentally sustainable designs. The world acknowledges the importance and benefit of this movement. Across the world, architects incorporate green architecture in their designs. Local regulations are being implemented in the Philippines to help reduce the impact of buildings on environmental degradation. If technology reduces the cost of environmentally friendly products, it will only be a matter of time for everyone to adapt to their designs.