Low Cost Bamboo House Design by Filipino Wins International Top Prize
Earl Patrick Forlales, a Filipino graduate with double degree in material science engineering and chemistry from the Ateneo De Manila University, recently won the grand prize of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) Cities for our Future contest with CUBO, his four-hour low cost bamboo house. Forlales is 23 years old.
Entitled CUBO, the concept for his winning design emerged from over 1,200 entries across the globe. The aim of the competition’s theme is to craft solutions that will alleviate challenges in living at urban places. Forlales claimed that his design took inspiration from his grandparents’ rural bamboo house, which locally translates to “bahay kubo” in the Philippines. Eco-friendly and environmental, pre-fabrication of the CUBO homes only take more or less a week, and its installation only approximately 4 hours.
FOUR-HOUR BAMBOO HOUSE
Made of laminated bamboo, CUBO houses come with tilted roofs as a basin for rainwater. It also keeps out floodwater, as it has stilts. In a country that has natural and inexpensive materials, Forlales is positive that the Filipino people will largely benefit from the ingenious design.
What is sustainable design?
The modular CUBOs are envisioned to help the people in the slum areas of the country, especially those in Metro Manila. The benefits, however, do not stop at the sustainable living design. It can also be used for commercial business, still for an inexpensive price.
CUBOs for rent are hoped to be available at Php 450.00 per month. With high hopes of collaboration with the private sectors and the local government units (LGUs), the four-hour bamboo house also provides jobs for the communities, as workers within may be hired to build the low-cost units themselves.
Because of the current economic flux, Metro Manila expects to receive more migrants in the next three years. The projected additional number of people is 2.5 million.
As a start, the 23-year-old grand prize winner plans to make CUBO even a greater and more tangible reality by raising funds for the first units. By selling plastic wastes to factories, the low cost bamboo house will easily be built.
Forlales also plans to use the competition prize money to initiate building the first CUBO units, as he targets to have at least 10,000 livable low cost bamboo houses by 2023.
Sustainable design and bamboo-inspired designs have recently taken flight in the interior winds of the design world. Oriental and Asian in nature, the materials essential to the build of these eco-friendly designs are easily attainable in the Philippines and in Japan, in their highest available quality.
Should you be considering a condo renovation or a house makeover that makes use of the traditional Filipino sustainable bamboo, the Japanese craftsmen and the Filipino experts of Tokyo Grand Renovation are more than willing to help.
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